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Trapped (2008)

Anton (original title)
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When Anton O'Neill returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970's Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil ... See full summary »

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Anthony Fox ...
Anton
Laura Way ...
Maria
Andy Smith ...
Brendan
Cillian Roche ...
Edward
Vincent Fegan ...
Diarmuid
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Steven
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Sophie
Ronan Wilmot ...
Johnny
Rachel Rath ...
Detective Byrne
Richard Wall ...
Detective Thornton
Rory Mullen ...
Detective Flynn
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Barrister Macken
Seamus Hughes ...
Tonto (as Seamus O'Haodha)
Lenny Hayden ...
Chief Prison Officer Swafford
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When Anton O'Neill returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970's Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in County Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism 'Anton' is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country. Hunted and on the run, Anton is drawn into a battle of wills with the law and his former accomplices, ending in a showdown in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves. Written by Fox Glove Films

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Irvine Welsh has a non-speaking cameo role. See more »

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Written by Greg Pearle
Performed by John Illsley, Greg Pearle and Paul Brady
Composed by Anna Rice with The Prague Symphony Orchestra
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Inspirational Irish Film

I gave Anton a 10 rating despite a couple of misgivings. The sheer ambition of this movie is inspirational! Ambition, something sadly lacking in Ireland, just look at RTE, TV3 and the morons who run the country. I can't recall an Irish film which dared to compete with Hollywood action thrillers, Recent Irish Films (A film with me in it, Middletown, Adam & Paul, 32a, Garage etc) have been slow paced and better suited for TV. Sorry about the rant! The recreation of the 70's period in this movie is flawless, the score, cinematography and most of the performances are incredible. On the downside, the filmmakers tried to cram so much in that the film losses focus at points. Gerard McSorley does his thing to great effect lending tremendous weight to the production, but it's the supporting performances that are surprisingly good. With Anton, Irish Film is getting on track, (not back on track, because it was never on track in my opinion) What Ireland needs is more people working in the film industry with balls and before you say, what about movies like, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Michael Collins, Veronica Guerin etc, yes they were good, great even, but these films were made by Hollywood studios so can't be considered true Irish Films.


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