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On the Nose (2001)

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


David Caffrey


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
Sinéad Keenan ... Sinead Delaney (as Sinead Keenan)
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 Una Kavanagh ... Receptionist
Laurence Kinlan ... Kiaran Delaney


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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Very Funny Movie
9 February 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Ireland, the gambler Brendan Delaney (Robbie Coltrane) is man addicted in horse races, who works in the storage room of a university. He lost all the possessions of his family betting on horse races, and now that his daughter was accepted by the Trinity College, he can not afford the costs of her education. However, Brendan finds the head of an aborigine, called by him of Bob, which is able to select the horses that will win the races. He joins a team, composed by the director of the university, Dr. Barry Davis (Dan Aykroyd), an old porter and his grandson, a silly worker of the university, and he wins successive small bets. The group intends to win a great horse race and make their financial independence. Their luck change when a representative of the Australian university arrives in Ireland to recover Bob. Meanwhile, some gangster press Brendan trying to discover his secret. Further, his wife Mrs. Delaney (Brendan Blethyn) presses him to give up betting in horse races. "On the Nose" was a great surprise for me: it is a very funny movie. I did not believe it could be such a hilarious story. I have just had the change to buy this VHS in a very low price and I laughed a lot while watching it. The story is quite silly, but the performance of the cast is great and the screenplay has many plot points and charming situations. "On the Nose" is very recommended for those days, when you have a problem on your job or in your family, or something is bothering you, offering 104 minutes of pure entertainment and laughs. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sortudos" ("Lucky Ones")

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23 October 2001 (Ireland) See more »

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Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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