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Beyond the Pale (2000)

A young Irishman enters the US illegally with his wayward friend Seamus. Landing in New York the pair start out with dreams of striking it rich but soon find themselves in dead-end jobs and... See full summary »

Director:

George Bazala
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Clarke ... Patrick Shaw
Beverley Elder Beverley Elder ... Helen Graham
Conn Horgan Conn Horgan ... Seamus O'Sullivan
Malachy McCourt ... Tom Finegan
Roger Davis ... Jeffrey
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Ms. Mooney
Valentina Olmos ... Conchita
Neale Harper Neale Harper ... Bob
William Stone Mahoney William Stone Mahoney ... Gambler (as William S. Mahoney)
Brian Mallon Brian Mallon ... Cop
Jason Killalee Jason Killalee ... Sean
Catherine Natale ... Margie
Worth Howe ... Mr. Arnold
Dominic Dillon Dominic Dillon ... Jimmy
Josie Peterson ... Maxie (as Joanne Tomasso)
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A young Irishman enters the US illegally with his wayward friend Seamus. Landing in New York the pair start out with dreams of striking it rich but soon find themselves in dead-end jobs and drifting apart. As Seamus pursues various get-rich schemes, the more cautious Patrick finds himself devoting time to looking after Tom, an Irish author down on his luck, and courting Helen a struggling actress caught in sordid relationship with a much older man. Written by Pete Walsh, Irish Film Centre, Dublin, Ireland. <fii@ifc.ie>

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An extraordinary search for an ordinary life

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Maiden Voyage Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of Anton AKA Trapped (2009) See more »

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Different; the collectors edition DVD is 2 hours well spent.
12 April 2006 | by jimjetzoidSee all my reviews

This is an unusual film in the sense that it's honest. Unusual because it looks more like a studio made film, than a low budget indie. The story is based on the the life of Patrick Clarke who also wrote the screenplay and plays himself, turning in a good performance in the process. I get the feeling that if this film had real financial backing it would've been a classic; it has the kinda substance and heart associated with films like, It's a Wonderful Life and The Verdict. The documentary on the DVD is pretty raw and gives a good sense of the hardships the filmmakers endured to get the film made. The biggest revelation is that Malachy McCourt can actually act! listening to him and the other actors and producers recount their experiences making the film shows how much it meant to them. I have to admit that I saw this film when I was at a low point and it cheered me up, so I may be seeing it through rose tinted glasses; but I still think that the collectors edition DVD is 2 hours well spent.


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