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A luckless gambler finally finds the secret to picking winners at the track - a head in a jar.

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David Caffrey

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Tony Philpott
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Credited cast:
Dan Aykroyd ... Dr. Barry Davis
Robbie Coltrane ... Delaney
Brenda Blethyn ... Mrs.Delaney
Tony Briggs ... Michael Miller
Jim Norton ... Patrick Cassidy
Sinead Keenan ... Sinead Delaney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Baker ... Barclay
Glynis Barber ... Anthea Davis
Francis Burke Francis Burke ... Nana
Mark Anthony Byrne Mark Anthony Byrne ... Anto (Uncredited)
Simon Delaney ... Grogan
Peadar Flanagan Peadar Flanagan ... Race Commentator
Cheryl Graffo ... Mrs. Nosenberg,
Una Kavanagh ... Receptionist
Laurence Kinlan ... Kiaran Delaney
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Brendan is a janitor at a university who has a fondness for gambling, especially betting on horse races. However, he doesn't have much skill at it, and poorly considered bets have drained the bank account he'd set aside for his daughter's education. Brendan's wife has made Brendan promise to give up gambling, but when their daughter announces she's just been accepted to Trinity College in Ireland, Brendan has to come up with the tuition money, and fast. While doing his sweeping at work, Brendan makes a remarkable discovery - the preserved head of an aboriginal tribesman who, under proper conditions, can pick the winners in horse races. Written by Yocke

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Delaney's Flutter See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Hysterically funny, intelligently written, a great movie!
27 June 2002 | by jwerwin80See all my reviews

This movie is hilarious. It's a warm hearted story about a compulsive gambler with an Australian Aboriginal head in a jar that picks winning racehorses. If you can't laugh at a head in a jar, you just don't have a sense of humor! The script treats the characters with respect -- the characters are true to themselves and never betray their humanity to advance the story. Robbie Coltrane and Dan Akroyd head up a cast that's absolutely terrific. Some of the humor in the movie is very Irish, but there's so much to laugh at that everyone can enjoy it.

This is one of the best movies I've seen this year. It's very frustrating that this movie hasn't yet made it into distribution outside of the film festival circuit. I've been telling friends about it, but there's no place anyone can go see it or even rent it. Robbie Coltrane did a movie a few years back called, "The Pope Must Die," which was widely distributed in the United States. "On the Nose," is a much funnier movie than "The Pope Must Die," and I think it appeals to a wider audience. Hopefully this movie will burst out all over America very soon. When it does, I'll drag everyone I know into the theater to see it.


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