Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with ... See full summary »


Kirsten Sheridan


Enda Walsh (play), Enda Walsh (screenplay)
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Cassidy ... Runt - Sinead
Cillian Murphy ... Pig - Darren
Sarah Gallagher Sarah Gallagher ... 5 Year Old Runt
Charles Bark Charles Bark ... 5 Year Old Pig (as Charles Bark-Frisby)
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Pig's Mam - Bernie
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Runt's Mam - Eileen
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Runt's Dad - Gerry
Darren Healy Darren Healy ... Marky
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Mags
Michael Rawley ... Foxy
Eoghan Harris Eoghan Harris ... Headmaster - Mr. Keane
Dawn Bradfield Dawn Bradfield ... Counsellor
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Mrs. Monroe
Derry Power ... Old Man in Bus
Mark Doherty ... Salesman


Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. But days before their 17th birthday the perfect balance of their world begins to shift. Pig's sexual awakening and increasing jealousy begins to threaten the private universe they have spent their lives constructing. Unable to contemplate the loss of Runt, Pig's unpredictable nature spirals out of control in a trail of violence. The invisible thread between them is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free. Written by Anonymous

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90 minutes you'll never forget


Crime | Drama | Romance


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The second song played during the credits called "So New" was written and performed by Cillian Murphy, who played Pig. See more »


During the flashback to Sinéad being spanked by her father Ger Canning can be heard commentating on a hurling game between Cork and Kilkenny, mentioning the names of DJ Carey, Henry Shefflin, Charlie Carter and Diarmuid O' Sullivan, who would only played with and against each other in 1999 at the earliest. The flashback was obviously intended to have been set long before then. See more »


[first lines]
Runt: Once upon a time, before there was any blue, I'd take a long long nap in a brand new home. This place, it's like I make up my mind to stay in this lovely warm pink room. The thumpity thump of the heart. My only true path. I tell the noisy world outside to fuck off with all your play-actin', for Runt. She go no where, for no one. That was a time when silence was some sort of friend.
Runt: But then my mom would heave and wake all inside. And Runt, she wakes up, cause a baby can't stay still...
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Swastika Eyes- Chemical Brothers Remix
Written by Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes
Performed by Primal Scream
Courtesy of Creation/ SINE a division of Sony Music Entertainment [UK] Ltd.
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The most unapologetic love story ever
28 September 2003 | by harkness78See all my reviews

When I saw this movie for the first time, I liked it a lot, but was still on the fence of "greatness". Lots of good things happened but I wasn't sure if it added up to a full meal of a film.


I still had questions and popped it back in the next day and I can honestly say that this is the most romantic and touching film I have seen. Ever.

Yes its horrible, ugly, violent, brutal and painful to watch at many points but here is why it hit me like wrecking ball.

The story sets the two leads as friends of the highest caliber, being so close that a sort of hazy psychic bond has formed (although I like to think they don't really seem to notice/care, it just is). They in actuality are two halves of the same person, Pig being the voice, strength, and ego of the person. Runt is the other half consisting of the thought, rational and id. When they become separated, the calmer thinker deals better with others than the brash speaker. I feel that these points are clearly brought forth in the liquor store scenes where Runt literally calls him off the poor clerk, yet until Pig went too far, she was smiling at and enjoying the brutal scene. When something this unifying clashes with puberty, sexuality, society, coming-of-age, and separation they act out only as a person can. Neither of them are acting crazy or differently. This is all they know.

Other comments are very wrong when they say that Runt has feelings for the bartender or her roommate. Her feelings of love and devotion to Pig are always there, NEVER wavering for a moment. But shes learned to cope with the world should it become an issue to them, where as Pig has not.

Were I to be in the same relationship with someone that was that deep, that intense, I know that I would not hesitate to do anything Pig did. I dont believe in violence in any way shape or form either, I just know that what they have isn't temporary of fleeting. Hes not fighting to hurt people, he is literally fighting for his life. This depth of this notion of love is shockingly brilliant and really impressed me.

The end is the only sort of ending that could happen. Their love has become something so passionate and uncontrollable that it cant work in our world. No one would understand.

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