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Man Dancin' (2003)

 -  Drama  -  20 February 2004 (UK)
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After serving a jail term, tough Jimmy Kerrigan returns to his derelict Belfast quarter, wanting a better, legal life for himself and his loved-ones. Not easy, as brother Terry is addicted ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Alex Ferns ...
Jimmy Kerrigan
Tom Georgeson ...
Father Gabriel Flynn
D.I. Pancho Villers
Donnie McGlone
Jenny Foulds ...
Maria Gallagher
Gerald Lepkowski ...
Lenny Quinn
Billy Maddison
Cas Harkins ...
Terry Kerrigan
Tam White ...
Johnny Bus-Stop
Stewart Porter ...
Sarah Finch ...
Elizabeth Black
Gavin Mitchell ...
James Bryce ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Carrick ...
Gordon Dole
Helen Howarth ...
Old Lady


After serving a jail term, tough Jimmy Kerrigan returns to his derelict Belfast quarter, wanting a better, legal life for himself and his loved-ones. Not easy, as brother Terry is addicted and their ma gravely ill. Lenient parole terms leave him in charge of unorthodox Father Gabriel Flynn, who recruits him for the parish passion play, which he modernizes into an attack on crime and corruption. Drug baron Donnie McGlone, in league with the local police chief, wants everything back to normal, whatever it takes. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rather Clichéd Melodrama
6 March 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

In its favour MAN DANCIN' opening titles shows us exactly where it's set - On a rundown council estate in Glasgow which I'm fairly certain in the notorious Gorbals so director Norman Stone can be proud that he's brought a very strong sense of place to his film . Unfortunately Sergio Casci's screenplay then hits the audience in the mouth with a cliché as soon as the credits stop . Hardman Jimmy Kerrigan is released from jail and gets into an argument with a couple of local yobs which ends up with him getting a serious doing . A few minutes later we're introduced to the local gangster kingpin Donnie McGlone and then local DI Pancho Villers and it's at this point you realise you're watching a Western uprooted to present day Glasgow . It's almost like watching Jean Luc Goddard's ALPHAVILLE where the visuals on screen are entirely different from what is written down on the page . Honestly you get the suspicion that the screenplay was written as a star vehicle for Clint Eastwood in the early 1970s where the man with no name is trying to go straight

Having said that at least the production team of MAN DANCIN' haven't aped the style of Guy Ritchie which is a major problem with British films featuring gangsters from the same period but would it be uncharitable to point out that both film makers and audiences had become terminally bored with this genre ? The cast do their best with the material but it's a very clichéd melodrama that is entirely about redemption but for some reason remains watchable . It's as forgettable as it is watchable too

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