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Pentecost (2011)

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Ireland 1977. Eleven-year-old Damian Lynch (Scott Graham) is called in at the last moment to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish. Following his last appearance as... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Andrew Bennett ...
Quinn
Scott Graham ...
Damien Lynch
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Pat Lynch
Valerie Spelman ...
Marie Lynch
Eamonn Hunt ...
Father O'Toole
Don Wycherley ...
Father Hanley
Des Nealon ...
Archbishop
David Sexton ...
Gary
Simon O'Driscoll ...
Finbar
Luke Reilly ...
Simon
Philip O'Hanrahan ...
Owen
Barry Davies ...
Football Commentator (voice)
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Ireland 1977. Eleven-year-old Damian Lynch (Scott Graham) is called in at the last moment to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish. Following his last appearance as an altar boy when he knocked Father O'Toole off the altar, Damien is serving a 3 month ban from his only passion in life...football. To make matters worse, Damian's team, Liverpool FC, are playing in their first European cup final in two weeks time. Damien's father (Michael McElhatton) offers him a reprieve and crucially a chance to see the European cup final if he serves the mass correctly. Damien now faces a choice: either conform to the status quo or never watch his beloved Liverpool play again... Written by Anonymous

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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »

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My Perfect Cousin
(Damian Stephen O'Neill/Michael Bradley)
Recorded by The Undertones
Published by Universal/MCA Music Ltd.
The Undertones Ltd. © 1979
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Enjoyable but slight.
18 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I just completed my yearly pilgrimage to see the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts--tomorrow it's the Animated Shorts. This was a very unusual crop of shorts this year, as three of the five nominees were comedies--and usually the films are mostly deadly serious. Only two films are serious this year and NONE are about death, Nazis or other sad stuff! As I said, it's an unusual year. Now I am not complaining--this might just be the most enjoyable group of films I've seen in years.

This was the first film shown at the theater this morning and it got a lot of laughs from the audience--including a couple from me. It was quite fun but also very slight--probably the weakest of the five nominees--though still enjoyable. The story involves a boy who is a clumsy alter boy. When the film begins, he has a BAD accident and when the Archbishop arrives, folks are naturally worried that this clumsy kid will somehow blow it again. How does this and his love for football have something in common? See the short and find out for yourself.

Short, enjoyable but not especially outstanding. I liked the movie but it lacked the cinematic qualities and depth that will make it, in my opinion, the dark horse in this race for an Oscar.


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