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Director: Christian I. Nyby II
Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Tracey Needham


Credited cast:
Alex Ferns ...
Jimmy Kerrigan
Tom Georgeson ...
Father Gabriel Flynn
D.I. Pancho Villers
Donnie McGlone
Jenny Foulds ...
Maria Gallagher
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
Fraser Ellis ...
Drama Group member


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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A gritty British gem with rare uplifting qualities
22 February 2004 | by (Bedford, England) – See all my reviews

Shortly before attending the English premiere of this film, I was apprehensive about how much I was going to enjoy it. Alex Ferns, known only to me as Trevor from Eastenders, didn't seem to be my cup of tea, and I feared the film would be pretty standard artsy, violent independent movie fare.

I was very wrong, and very pleasantly surprised by the film. The direction and the acting performances - most notably from Alex Ferns and James Cosmo - were top notch. The atmosphere of the film was realistic without seeming boring, and the story was very carefully told. I thought it took a while to get going and get to the real meat of the story, but once it did, the endearing characters and tense plot made it a really enjoyable movie. It manages to create several highly amusing scenes, and also some shocking or upsetting ones. I am very pleased to say that I was moved by the film.

I feel it's going to be one of those 'love it or hate it' movies. If you get it, then you're really going to enjoy it. If you don't get it, then it might just seem like another depressing urban gangster film. Personally, however, I found it to be both uplifting and memorable, and by the end of the film I was all to happy to eat my apprehensive words from before it began.

All in all, I give it 8 stars. Truly great cinema, definately worth a watch and a great addition to any collection of British films.

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