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The Van (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Barrytown, Bimbo is a baker who loses his job after being made redundant. Bimbo then acquires the help of his best friend, Larry, to set up a successful burger van.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Roddy Doyle (novel), Roddy Doyle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Larry
Donal O'Kelly Donal O'Kelly ... Bimbo
Ger Ryan ... Maggie
Caroline Rothwell Caroline Rothwell ... Mary
Neilí Conroy ... Diane
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Kevin
Brendan O'Carroll ... Weslie
Stuart Dunne Stuart Dunne ... Sam
Jack Lynch Jack Lynch ... Cancer
Laurie Morton Laurie Morton ... Maggie's Mum
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Vera
Jon Kenny Jon Kenny ... Gerry McCarthy
Moses Rowen Moses Rowen ... Glenn
Linda McGovern Linda McGovern ... Jessica
Eoin Chaney Eoin Chaney ... Wayne
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Storyline

The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery, Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever? Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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They got soul in THE COMMITMENTS and a scandal in THE SNAPPER. Finally they're getting their act together and taking it on the road. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1990. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set during World Cup 1990, and on at least two occasions, the radio can be heard promoting 98FM. This station did not use this branding until the mid 1990s; it was called Classic Hits at the time. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: Do heavy metalers eat chips, Larry?
Larry: Probably.
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Alternate Versions

In the UK in 2007 a re-edited version was passed for certification for video release by the BBFC running at 92 minutes 50 seconds, some 3 minutes 55 seconds shorter than the normal theatrical version. See more »

Connections

References Ghostbusters II (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
© 1950 Hill and Range Songs Inc
By Kind Permission of Carlin Music Corp.
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Hey Mister, do you want chips with that?
21 July 2004 | by declan-9See all my reviews

Booker prize winner Roddy Doyle , who started life as a school teacher in a depressed neighbourhood in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, offers us a vivid yet humorous slice of life in Dublin at a pivotal time in contemporary Irish history. He tells this story from the perspective of down trodden families living in a depressed yet resilient neighbourhood. What is truly brilliant about this film is not just the hilarious storyline or the magical performances but how it captures the moment when Ireland as a nation got back on its feet and began to embrace Europe and world with renewed confidence. The story is set during the monumental moments of the European Football Championships of 1988, EURO'88 , when the Irish soccer team surprised Europe, and not least the Irish, with their success. It has been said that this event and the continued success of the Irish soccer team in Italia 90 sparked a renewed confidence within Ireland which greatly contributed to the success of the Irish economy in recent years, now known as the Celtic Tiger. The Barrytown trilogy written by Doyle has given us 3 memorable film adaptations in 'The Commitments'; 'The Snapper' and now this the final episode 'The Van'. Roddy Doyle went on to win the Booker prize for 'Paddy Clarke , ha, ha, ha' and is one of the foremost novelists active in Ireland today. His comedy and dialogue use the often thick Dublin working class dialect, which add to the lyrical nature of the scenes. Most of the characters are in turmoil due to their circumstances and the comedy lies in their posturing with each other in a dead-pan, black comedy.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,366, 18 May 1997

Gross USA:

$712,095

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$712,095
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1.85 : 1
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