Colm (Barry McEvoy) is a Catholic, and George (Brian O'Byrne) is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead, they ...
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Colm (Barry McEvoy) is a Catholic, and George (Brian O'Byrne) is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead, they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig salesman, known as the Scalper (Sir Billy Connolly), to sell them his leads, the two embark on a series of house calls - always in neighborhoods that are dangerous for one or the other partner. Then they find out they may lose their exclusive wig distributorship to competitors. Through a series of comic twists, the pair are given large orders for wigs by both sides of the Protestant and Catholic conflict. Should they compromise their principles in order to keep their business? Will it destroy their friendship? Could one of their wigs in the hands of the I.R.A. actually put one or both of them in jail, or even get them killed?Written by
Producer Jerome O'Connor filed a ten million dollar lawsuit against DreamWorks for effectively burying this movie so as not to offend the British government. DreamWorks head Steven Spielberg was rumored to receive an honor from H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II, but a wide release of this movie (which lampoons the U.K. government's treatment of Northern Ireland) would have scuppered that. Consequently, this movie was released in just six cinemas, and Spielberg got his honor. See more »
Look, I told you: I don't know who you've been talking to but he's a fucking liar! You'll find no herpes here!
That's what you said.
[points to his head]
Oh. I thought you said 'herpes'.
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A very funny comedy set in Belfast. It's always an challenge to find humor in very serious situations but writer and star does a fine job in combining the two. The plot is clever with a number of nice twists. The acting is good all around. I feel the movie is quite well done and worth seeing - it's one I'd recommend to friends.
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