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Kings (I) (2007)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe Mullan
Donal O'Kelly ...
Jap Kavanagh
Brendan Conroy ...
Git Miller
Donncha Crowley ...
Shay Mulligan
Barry Barnes ...
Máirtín Rogers
Seán Ó Tarpaigh ...
Jackie Flaherty
Peadar O'Treasaigh ...
Micil Flaherty
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Joe Mullan Jnr.
Christopher Greene ...
Jap Jnr.
Graham Feeley ...
Git Jnr.
Ronan Moloney ...
Jackie Jnr.
Simon Drislane ...
Shay Jnr.
Darragh O'Brien ...
Máirtín Jnr.
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Maggie
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Bridie
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In the twenty five years they have been there, done that, the Navvy (Irish working man) clock does not stop for alienation or inner despair. They are working men, strong even indestructible. Those gnawing feelings of something not being quite right are ameliorated by the camaraderie of their mates. So what if it all ends in tears or a thumping. They can give as good as they get or used to. At least they are alive and having the craic. Until it all changes, and a silence falls on the reverie of the gang. Tragedy has struck Jackie the youngest, the brightest and the bravest. The gang does what has always been done - they gather together for a Wake, a final celebration, a cheer, to give Jackie Flavin a send off fit for a king, a king of the Kilburn High Road. He, unlike them is set to return to Ireland - his body found bruised and battered on the railway track, crushed by the passing Kilburn train. Jackie's father Micil arrives over to North West London to bring his son home. The gang ... Written by Newgrange Pictures

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Ireland's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Intense, dark, but brilliant
1 October 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This contains the best acting I have seen in an Irish film in many years. It is a reworking of a play, and the adaptation preserves all the intensity and intimacy which is usual within a theatre production. It is a dark, brooding and menacing work which does not belong in the category of light entertainment, but rather, a higher art. If you are prepared to go on the journey, you will find it has rewards. But be warned that there is no compromise here to easy access for English only speakers - it is predominantly in Irish with English subtitles. If you like the theatre, you should find this a real treat. Forget Hollywood, or indeed Fair City, this contains the best ensemble acting by an Irish cast since the best of the Roddy Doyle films.


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