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Release Date:
17 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »
From Space... (Probably)
When the Cassidy family finds a red leather clad man passed out on their living room floor, they assume he's an alien. Zonad is more than happy to oblige. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

David Murray ... Benson
Kevin Maher ... Jimmy Cassidy
Donna Dent ... Mary Cassidy

Rory Keenan ... Guy Hendrickson
Geoff Minogue ... Richard Cassidy

David Pearse ... Francis O'Connor / Bonad

Janice Byrne ... Jenny Cassidy

Simon Delaney ... Liam Murphy / Zonad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Bennett ... Mr. Madigan
Niamh Burke ... Girl in Car 2
Bernie Butler ... Local Woman (as Bernadette Butler)
Kevin Cleary ... School Nerd
Denis Conway ... Doctor Glonad
William Craul ... Petrol Pump Attendant
Brian de Salvo ... Dr. Ziegler
Paul Diamond ... Lorenzo Dolmio
Frankie McCafferty ... Reilly
Eleanor Methven ... Girl in Car 3

Liana O'Cleirigh ... Waitress

Frank O'Sullivan ... Declan Fitzgerald
Eamon Rohan ... Off Licence Server
Alan Stanford ... Narrator
Brian Timmons ... MC at unveiling
Laura Way ... Girl in Car 1
Don Wycherley ... Sergeant Maloney
Juliette Gash ... Hot girl (uncredited)

Hilary Rose ... Manicurist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carney 
Kieran Carney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Carney  writer
Kieran Carney  writer

Produced by
Ed Guiney .... producer
Andrew Lowe .... producer
Mary McCarthy .... line producer
John McDonnell .... producer
Original Music by
Brian Byrne 
Cinematography by
Peter Robertson 
Film Editing by
Paul Mullen 
Production Design by
Susie Cullen 
Costume Design by
Tiziana Corvisieri 
Makeup Department
Eileen Buggy .... hair stylist
Anna Gronerus .... assistant hair
Aoife Mullally .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Paula Heffernan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Burns .... assistant director
Moselle Foley .... trainee assistant director: additional filming
Anna Harrison .... third assistant director
Lisa Kelly .... second assistant director
Nicola Long .... trainee assistant director
Marcus Lynch .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Rosai Mc Carthy .... third assistant director: additional filming
Art Department
Ignacio Barbe .... set dresser
Elizabeth Brennan .... props buyer
Ciaran Doyle .... standby props
Ronan Kennedy .... props: re-shoot
Jerome McDonnell .... property master
Nenazoma McNamee .... art department trainee
Aine Ni Chiobhain .... art department work experience
Edwin Ryan .... sculptor
Sound Department
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Niall Brady .... sound designer
Garret Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Hogan .... foley recordist
Michael Lemass .... boom operator
Dave McMahon .... sound editor
Karl Merren .... sound recordist
Eddie Quinn .... boom operator
Peter Dillon .... stunt double
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Coe .... second assistant camera
Addo Gallagher .... gaffer
David O'Connor .... camera crane operator
Rory O'Riordan .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Adam Tsan .... crane grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fiona Brownlie .... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography
Tiziana Corvisieri .... costumer
Karen Rigg .... costumer
Editorial Department
Warren Dowling .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Martin Fanning .... assistant editor
Suzanne McKenzie .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... music scoring engineer
Other crew
Anna-Maria Ní Chathasaigh .... script supervisor
Louise Cornally .... production finance executive
Fionnuala Dorney .... assistant accountant
Moselle Foley .... trainee production assistant: additional filming
Rob Hill .... film transfer
Brendan O'Sullivan .... location assistant
Michael Swan .... location manager: additional filming

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Additional Details

75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.77 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The camera used for filming had to be specially adapted to use different lenses. A result of this was that all the footage was filmed upside-down. This meant that monitors were normally also turned upside-down to make the picture the right way up. When reshoots were filmed, the camera used did not have to have these adjustments made, meaning all of this footage was normal.See more »
Continuity: When Jimmy is running alongside Guy he is wearing a normal tie, but minutes later they arrive at the car and he now has a bow tie on.See more »


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When a family takes in a space case like this, hilarity ensues..., 22 July 2011
Author: Terry Roehrig II from United States

I'm not quite sure what I just watched, to be honest. This movie is not to be taken seriously. If you take it seriously, it's not going to be fun for you one tiny little iota. It's super silly, gloriously goofy and incredibly insane -- and yes, even ferociously funny.

The folks of Ballymoran are a simple Irish folk. They don't ask many questions and are extremely naive (that is an understatement). I don't know if there is a more clueless family in the World, let alone Ireland, than the Cassidys. Dad Richard (Minogue), mom Mary (Dent), son Jimmy (Maher) and precocious schoolgirl Jenny (Byrne) are out late one night watching the skies in hopes of catching a glimpse of a passing comet when they come home to find a man passed out on the floor dressed in a red leather outfit. Since they just came from stargazing and alien chit-chat, the Cassidys assume he's from space. He likes where this idea is headed, so he tells them that he is and they cannot pronounce his name in their Earth-tongue but they may call him Zonad (Delaney). They allow him to sleep in their son's room but he is obviously more interested in sleeping with..... er, in Jenny's room. Zonad tries to leave but circumstances prevent him from actually leaving their sleepy little Hamlet and he has to proceed with his ruse in order to keep his freedom. From there, the townsfolk treat him as if he were a celebrity or king, giving him free drinks and erecting statues of him in the town square, the girls from Jenny's school flirt with him mercilessly, offering him their "talents", if you will. The only person who's not keen on Zonad's arrival is Guy Hendrickson (Keenan), Jenny's boyfriend. He is a very shy, very gullible soul. He even pooh-pooh's Jenny's offering of sexual intercourse as she talks about it rather candidly in front of her parents and brother. Guy enlists the help of Dr. Ziegler (De Salvo) and their attempts to try and defraud Zonad are met with scoffs and disdain. So, a cop with a very pissy attitude (Wycherley) blackballs them from the town of Ballymoran. But, soon enough, Zonad's past comes to bite him in the ass and even more hilarity ensues...

Don't try to think this movie through at all. As I said, it's completely off-the-charts nuts. Is it believable? Hell, no. There aren't people out there this stupid -- I don't care how hard you look for them, you aren't going to find them. If you have a problem with that, then walk away from this movie right now. This movie's sole purpose is to entertain and make you laugh. And it succeeded for me. I did laugh. It's so utterly nonsensical, I had no choice but to laugh. Sure, there were a few scenes that the filmmakers thought were hysterical that didn't exactly hit the mark, but when you make a movie of this nature, that's what it's all about. It's got a variety of jokes and gags in it to try and make everyone laugh.

The movie won't sit well with people who get offended by course language and/or sexual themes dealing with young girls in high school. Over in Western Europe, their legal age of consent for sex is like... 16, I think -- so it's far less controversial over there than it is here in the States. No nudity is shown, but there are sexual themes/content/talk and sex is implied. I thought it was done in a tasteful manner myself, but then again, I don't get offended that easily. All in all, it's one big silly goofball of a movie that you'll be glad you watched. More reviews at Final Grade: B-

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