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The Nephew (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 August 1998 (Ireland)
A little island off Ireland. A small town. An old conflict. Fresh wind.

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Eugene Brady

Writers:

Eugene Brady (story), Doug Mayfield (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Niall Toibin ... Sean
Sinéad Cusack ... Brenda O'Boyce
Luke Griffin Luke Griffin ... Peter O'Boyce
Phelim Drew Phelim Drew ... Patsy
Donal McCann ... Tony Egan
Pierce Brosnan ... Joe Brady
Tony Rohr ... Crony #1
Jimmy Keogh Jimmy Keogh ... Crony #2
Marcus Lynch Marcus Lynch ... Crony #3
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Old Codger
Aonghus Og McAnally Aonghus Og McAnally ... Red Haired Kid
Hill Harper ... Chad Egan-Washington
Aislín McGuckin ... Aislín Brady
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Rachel
David Quinn David Quinn ... Dermot O'Boyce
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Twenty years ago, Tony Egan's sister went to America. Nobody ever heard of her again. But now, the message of her death arrives in her town of birth. Only days later, her only son Chad arrives, too. Obviously, his mother took an African-American husband. Soon, Chad falls for Aislin, who has a bit of a crush on him too. But there is an old conflict going on between her father and Chad's uncle. This conflict resurfaces and begins to draw circles, wider and wider. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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They're worlds apart, but closer than anyone could believe.

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Certificate:

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor por descubrir See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Donal McCann (Tony Egan) passed away one year after this film was released. See more »

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A "Little" Film with Solid acting.
7 July 2006 | by MRavenwoodSee all my reviews

This story begins in the middle, as it does for the main character, Chad. Gaps in the story fill in as you go and the film is deliberately vague as to how the characters relate to one another at first, so paying attention is required if you plan on "getting" the whole thing.

The performances are strong and the story is easy enough to follow with the added challenge of figuring out why the various characters are so irritated. Chad grows to understand how his mother is really the source of much of the drama.

Certain plot points are very convenient, but well played by the actors to make them believable. At one point Chad accidentally uncovers a big "piece in the puzzle". But Hill Harper plays it very naturally and blends it right into the script before you notice its unlikeliness.

The film moves at a respectable pace that still lends itself to the sleepy, nothing-to-do small-town atmosphere that is required to convey the characters' attitudes realistically.

An easy film to watch for adults, definitely boring and inappropriate for the under-sixteen crowd. Good-natured comic relief is in abundance. Even so, it is a bit sentimental and therefore might be cast off as a "chick movie" by younger boys/men.


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