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The Van (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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... Larry
Donal O'Kelly ... Bimbo
... Maggie
Caroline Rothwell ... Mary
Neilí Conroy ... Diane
... Kevin
... Weslie
Stuart Dunne ... Sam
Jack Lynch ... Cancer
Laurie Morton ... Maggie's Mum
Marie Mullen ... Vera
Jon Kenny ... Gerry McCarthy
Moses Rowen ... Glenn
Linda McGovern ... Jessica
Eoin Chaney ... Wayne
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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 »

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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16 May 1997 (USA)  »

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La camioneta  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,366, 18 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$621,093, 17 August 1997
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This is the third story in Roddy Doyle's "Barrytown Trilogy", following the adventures of the Rabbitte family. However, as 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the Rabbitte name (from The Commitments), the characters had to be re-named in the subsequent film adaptations (The Snapper, The Van). See more »

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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 »

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Bimbo: [after sinking the van in the river] Mission accomplished.
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Spoofs The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole
Composed by Armath and J. Deja
By Kind Permission of Hans Kusters Music NV/Chelsea Music Publishing Company Limited
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Friendship and Business Seldom Mix Successfully
13 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Two Irish men with wives and children find themselves on the dole. One of them buys a large van and turns it into a "chippy." Naturally, he asks his best friend to work there with him. These two approaching-middle-age men have to work incredibly hard, but do have some success at the venture. It doesn't take long, however, for the friendship to get in the way. The one who fronted the money for the van is the boss, and the other one who didn't put up any money to get the small business going is the employee, who eventually becomes bitter at drawing a weekly paycheck from his best friend, who joins a union and begins antagonizing his best friend about labor laws, and whose insecurity in life shows clearly -- after all, the job isn't glamorous by any means, and of course, the reality of it is far removed from his dreams, we should imagine. The tension grows between the two. Set in Ireland during a World Cup Finals competition in soccer, this film gives us an intimate, grungy peek at the everyday realities of the poor in Ireland. It's "grand" to venture forth and set up one's own business and get off the dole, but of course, things are unlikely to run smoothly.


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