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Donovan Quick (2000)

Retelling of the Don Quixote story set in present day Scotland. Donovan Quick comes to the rescue of Lucy, the mainstay of the dysfunctional Pannick family.


David Blair
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Donovan Quick
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Lucy Pannick
David O'Hara ... Clive
Liz Smith ... Granny
David Westhead ... George Mackie
David Brown David Brown ... Sandy Pannick
Ford Kiernan ... Jim Leahy
Elizabeth Rider ... Grief Stricken Woman
Gavin Mitchell Gavin Mitchell ... Mr. Clancy
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ... Jim Pannick
Parminder Nagra ... Radhika (as Parminder K. Nagra)
Gayanne Potter Gayanne Potter ... WPC
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Train Driver
Chris Young Chris Young ... Train Conductor
James Martin James Martin ... Elderly Man


Lucy Pannick is drinking too much, but trying to somehow hold together her dysfunctional family comprising of a son who is involved in criminal activities, a brother who suffers from a learning disability and her senile mother. A greedy local bus company, Windmill Transport, has monopolized the public transport in the area and cut important but less profitable services, including one that is vital to the lives of the Pannick family. Donovan Quick, a polite stranger newly arrived in town, comes to the rescue and takes on the windmills by setting up his owner operated one vehicle bus service. Against all odds and expectations, he proves to be an adversary to be reckoned with.

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28 December 2000 (UK) See more »


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£1,300,000 (estimated)
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One Worth Finding and Watching
20 August 2011 | by LadybugkingSee all my reviews

Sadly, some of Colin Firth's best work is hard-to-impossible-to-find in any format. This is one such film and it is such an exceptional piece of work on all levels. It needs to see the light of day on DVD.

The cast is wonderfully realized by all involved. Ditto the plot with a head-turner of a twist ending.

Firth is such an amazing actor and nuance is extremely important to this film. He succeeds in this, but it is no surprise if one has seen any of his earlier, also sometimes obscure, work. He conveys more in a look than most actors can in dialog and over-the-top emoting.

I will have to add to these comments kudos to the exceptional Katy Murphy who shares the spotlight with Firth at the center of this story.

This is a modern day telling of the Don Quixote story, but also much more. It is also about triumph and will and, ultimately, great poignancy.

I would recommend seeing this film if at all possible, if it can be found. Firth was and is such a versatile actor, long before he became a leading man. Tumbledown, Hostages, A Month in the Country, Donovan Quick -- must-see films if you truly want to see the range of the man who has since received the accolades for being the actor he always was.

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