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Divorcing Jack (1998)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Comedy | 2 October 1998 (UK)
Black romantic comedy set around the troubled "peace process" and its effect on a cynical Belfast hack.

Director:

David Caffrey

Writers:

Colin Bateman (novel), Colin Bateman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Thewlis ... Dan Starkey
Rachel Griffiths ... Lee Cooper
Jason Isaacs ... Cow Pat Keegan
Laura Fraser ... Margaret
Richard Gant ... Charles Parker
Laine Megaw ... Patricia Starkey
Bronagh Gallagher ... Taxi Driver
Kitty Aldridge ... Agnes Brinn
Robert Lindsay ... Michael Brinn
Adam Black Adam Black ... Young Starkey
Simon Magill Simon Magill ... Starkey's Brother
George Shane George Shane ... Woods
Alan McKee Alan McKee ... Mouse
Brian Devlin Brian Devlin ... Dans' work mate
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ... Joe
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Storyline

A married drunk hooks up with the ex-girlfriend of a vicious local criminal. He gets booted out of home for his infidelity, has a murderer on his tail, and must try to write the story of his life in order to save his journalism job. He gets help from a stripper dressed as a nun and goes undercover dressed as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. He finds a drinking buddy in an American fellow journalist. Written by K. Wedgwood

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Genres:

Thriller | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Mosaic Movies

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Elválni Jacktől See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£121,394 (United Kingdom), 4 October 1998, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Scala Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The painting of the young Indian girl is a reference to Colin Bateman's Maid of the Mist See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dan: [voiceover] When I was 8 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and found my brother pissing on my typewriter. I decided then and there that there was something wonderful about alcohol.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll the taxi driver can be heard screaming her catchphrase: "Fuck away off and die!" See more »

Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Nerve Gas
Written by Pete Vuckovic and Chris McCormack
Performed by 3 Colours Red
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A black comedy as a black comedy should be
27 May 1999 | by KirsteenSee all my reviews

Divorcing Jack is one of the best films i have ever seen. It'll have you rolling on the floor laughing one minute and gaping in horror the next. It puts me in mind of films like MASH and Catch-22 - using comedy to make you feel comfortable and then, when you least expect it, shocking you back to the realities of war. It's gritty, funny, horrifying, just as a black comedy should be.


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