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Eat the Peach (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 14 March 1986 (Ireland)
Two young Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own "Wall of Death."


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Eamon Morrissey Eamon Morrissey ... Arthur
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Niall Toibin ... Boots
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Boss Murtagh
Tony Doyle ... Sean Murtagh
Takashi Kawahara Takashi Kawahara ... Bunzo
Victoria Armstrong Victoria Armstrong ... Vicky
Barbara Adair Barbara Adair ... Mrs. Fleck
Bernadette O'Neill Bernadette O'Neill ... Nuala
Paul Raynor Paul Raynor ... O'Hagan
Martin Dempsey Martin Dempsey ... Quiz Master
Maeliosa Stafford Maeliosa Stafford ... Priest
Jill Doyle Jill Doyle ... Aileen
Don Foley Don Foley ... Journalist


Two young Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own "Wall of Death."

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14 March 1986 (Ireland) See more »

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Comer o Pêssego See more »

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County Kildare, Ireland See more »


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Title is taken from the poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. See more »


Features Roustabout (1964) See more »


Eat the Peach
Written by Paul Brady and Donal Lunny
Sung by Paul Brady
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Ireland in the eighties
10 July 2002 | by poc-1See all my reviews

By today's standards this movie doesn't measure up. But when it was released it struck a chord in the Irish psyche. I think it captured a mood at the time, the depression had reached its depth in Ireland, the country was broke and anyone with any ability was leaving for the US or Britain. Here's this guy who loses his job in the local Japanese electronics plant and is stuck out in the bog with no prospects. He decides to "Eat the Peach" or go out and do something outrageous (The title is a quote from A lovesong for J Alfred Prufrock" by T.S.Eliot, which was a stable of the Irish Leaving Cert curriculum at the time) So he decides to build a wall of death for his motorcycle. The story follows his unexpected success and ultimate failure. In a small way the film presages the spirit of optimism and entrepreneurialism that helped to lift Ireland from the darkest days of unemployment and emigration.

Even though there are some embarrassingly bad scenes and characters I still like it.

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