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Sweety Barrett (1998)

The Tale of Sweety Barrett (original title)
Sweety Barret is a big man with a gentle nature, who is not exactly known for his brain power. He loses his job with a travelling circus and is stranded in an Irish village, where he gets caught up in a local vendetta.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan O'Carroll ... Rissolli
Brendan Gleeson ... Sweety Barrett
Tony Rohr ... Flick Hennessy
Andrew Scott ... Danny
Agnes Bernelle Agnes Bernelle ... Mrs. Walsh
Frankie McCafferty ... Arthur Meany
Kevin Flood Kevin Flood ... Fisherman
Lynda Steadman Lynda Steadman ... Anne King
Dylan Murphy Dylan Murphy ... Conor King
Liam Cunningham ... Detective Bone
Dawn Bradfield Dawn Bradfield ... Mary the Waitress
Cillian Murphy ... Pat the Barman
Dean Griffin Dean Griffin ... Hey-Horse Kid
Raymond Kean Raymond Kean ... Uniform One
Mikel Murfi Mikel Murfi ... Uniform Two
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Sweety Barret is a big man with a gentle nature, who is not exactly known for his brain power. He loses his job with a travelling circus and is stranded in an Irish village, where he gets caught up in a local vendetta.

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Crime | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland | Iceland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Icelandic Film,Temple Films See more »
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Color
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Cillian Murphy's film debut. See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Written by Charles Warfield/Claranco Williams
Performed by Vic Damone
By kind permission of MCA Music and Redwood Music and courtesy of Capitol Records
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Miserable attempt at Irish _Slingblade_
22 April 1999 | by hammy-3See all my reviews

I should qualify my remarks by saying that the person sitting nearest me (that's "nearest" as opposed to "next to" or "beside") cried profusely at the film's denouement. This tale of a recently unemployed circus worker who gets involved with some poteen smugglers (poteen, in the unlikely event of this movie getting an international release, is an illegal liquor) left me wanting to cry only for the hour and a half of my life I had wasted. It's clear form the start of the film that Sweety, played competently by Brendan Gleeson, is a Gentle giant, and anyone who's seen _Slingblade_ or any other gentle giant movies know what eventually happens to them, especially when it's so clear who the bad guys are. If I had to think of something good to say about this film, it's that it deals with Irish crime without referring to the IRA, but this could also be said of _I Went Down_ also starring Gleeson, as well as including some wit and irony. With its emphasis on the sordid and moribund, it aspires to the profundity of Italian neo-realism but ends up looking more like a tacky British TV movie. How this film can headline at Irish multiplexes when witty, intelligent films like _Separation Anxiety_ and _Pete's Meteor_ await a release is a secret film distributors will probably keep under their cloven hooves.


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