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Hard Times (2009)

Holy Water (original title)
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The village of Kilcoulins Leap was once a thriving spa town, and was home to a famous Holy Well, but now offers little by way of employment for its people, and its decline seems inexorable.... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Gaffney
Cornelius Clarke ...
Podger Byrnes
Donal O'Connell (as Lochlann O'Mearain)
Cian Barry ...
Sean Casey
Geraldine Gaffney
Kate Mulvey
Cory Williams
SixPac Jordan
Inspector Brian Hogan
PC Anne Mooney
Ray Callaghan ...
Uncle Tim
Frank Dunne ...
Old Ned Lynch
Father Grogan
Pascal Scott ...
Mihal Casey
Marianne March ...
Sheila Casey


The village of Kilcoulins Leap was once a thriving spa town, and was home to a famous Holy Well, but now offers little by way of employment for its people, and its decline seems inexorable. When local Postie, Podger Byrnes, comes up with a plan to hijack a consignment of Viagra, and sell it on the open market in Amsterdam, his friends are desperate enough to try it. Not counting on the muscular response of Viagra's makers, the boys panic and hide the lorry load of Viagra down the town's Holy Well. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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5 February 2010 (Ireland)  »

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Won Best Film at the first ever New York's Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in September 2009. See more »


Podger Byrnes: The American Swat Fellas, You should see the big fella they have with them. God! the big black fella he took out a big sniffer, and waived it all over me.
Donal O'Connell: Yeagh! Well, will be seeing a lot more of that in prison!
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Coq au Vin (serves 6) 1 Large Coq 18 shallots, 1 Bouquet Garni 1 litre Coq Stock 200 g diced back bacon 6 cloves garlic, 1 bottle of Merlot Method: Have your butcher prepare your Coq into 8 joints. Fry your coq pieces until a lovely golden colour forms, set aside. Fry bacon, add garlic and then shallots until a lovely golden colour emerges. Add above ingredients to your lovely golden Coq and keep frying in a casserole dish. Pour on Coq stock and bring to boil, add wine, put a lid back on and simmer, then... do the laundry, collect kids from school, do more groceries, rant and rave at the state of the traffic and congestion charges. Rush home, put youngest kid on naughty step. Cry briefly in laundry room, set table and Serve Coq with crusty bread... Then make pasta and ketchup because the kids don't like it. Give up, have a drink, and go to bed crying. Feck the dishes, you are nobody's slave! See more »


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Quite good
6 June 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie turned out to be better than I had anticipated. I thought it was just going to be yet another comedy. But "Holy Water" is more than just your average comedy.

The story was good and catchy right from the beginning, and it just got better and better as the story progressed throughout the movie. The characters in the movie were well fleshed out and had lots of depth.

As for the cast. Well nothing to point your fingers at here. Although they did have fairly big names like Linda Hamilton and Tony "Tiny" Lister, the movie would have worked even without their names on the list.

Well, it is not the kind of comedy that will leave you laughing yourself breathless, but it got enough satire and 'out there' comedy to keep you amused throughout the entire movie.

If you are in for an evening, "Holy Water" is a good choice for a movie to watch. Though you should know that they are speaking English with heavy Irish accent, but that fact shouldn't keep movie fans at bay.

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