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When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)

A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things.

Director:

Kieron J. Walsh

Writer:

Roddy Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter McDonald ... Brendan
Flora Montgomery ... Trudy
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Mother
Pauline McLynn ... Nuala
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Niall
Maynard Eziashi ... Edgar
Eileen Walsh ... Siobhan
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Headmaster
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Judge
Rynagh O'Grady ... Lynn
Ali White Ali White ... Mary
Julie Hale ... Female Chorister
Jack Lynch Jack Lynch ... Conductor
Dr. Stewart Dr. Stewart ... Himself
Robert O'Neill Robert O'Neill ... Dylan
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Storyline

A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things.

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Taglines:

His heart wasn't all she stole . . .

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Brendan & Trudy See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£139,195 (United Kingdom), 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,055, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$132,384, 29 April 2001
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Color
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Trivia

The school scenes were filmed in Blackrock College, Dublin, Kieron J. Walsh's old school. Walsh was not permitted to use the actual school crest in the film, so the dove and lion were flipped in their positions and the real motto, "Fides et robur" (Faith and Strength), was replaced by "C'era una volta il Ociente" (Once Upon a Time In The West). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brendan: [as narrator] Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard, Dublin, Ireland. You see the body of a young man lying in a pool. Nobody important, just a schoolteacher with a couple of Bs and Cs to his credit. The poor dope. He always wanted a pool. Well, in the end he got himself a pool, only the price turned out to be a little high. Let's go back about six months and find the day it all started.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll, the word "FIN" appears in French on the screen, then the main characters are shown, one at a time or in small groups, with text on the screen revealing their further fates. See more »

Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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The Passenger
Written by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner
Performed by Iggy Pop
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Brilliant romantic comedy
30 November 2000 | by Robin KellySee all my reviews

For his first original screenplay Roddy Doyle subverts the romantic comedy genre and still manages to write a film that appeals to both subversives and rom com fans.

Roddy Doyle was a teacher who loved music and film, just like Brendan, but it would be a mistake - and libellous - to read this as autobiography. In a typical opposites attract tale Brendan is an innocent devoted to singing hymns and cinema, while Trudy is a not-so-innocent with a mysterious night life.

This film is as much of a love story with cinema as it is a love story between Brendan and Trudy. The opening echoes Sunset Boulevard's opening and other films also feature - although budgetary constraints meant that Doyle's wish list of films to license couldn't be granted. The quoting of films both visually and verbally has the potential to get on your nerves but here it is wonderfully and wittily done and always relevant to the story. Although, to be honest, the A Bout De Souffle sequence does push it just a bit too far. Watch out also for fake film posters and titles in the background which give a sly hilarious comment about film.

The eponymous leads are wonderfully played by Peter McDonald and Flora Montgomery and according to the director he had to argue to the financiers to allow Montgomery to have the role as she wasn't famous enough. If a brilliant screenplay by one of the world's most popular writers needs stars to get it made then the world has indeed gone mad.

When Brendan Met Trudy is very funny and has a good compelling story that will surprise. It is highly recommended.


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