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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.



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Credited cast:
... Dr. Barry Davis
... Delaney
... Mrs.Delaney
... Michael Miller
... Patrick Cassidy
... Sinead Delaney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Barclay
... Anthea Davis
Francis Burke ... Nana
Mark Anthony Byrne ... Anto (Uncredited)
... Grogan
Peadar Flanagan ... Race Commentator
... Mrs. Nosenberg,
... Receptionist
... 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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23 October 2001 (Ireland)  »

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Delaney's Flutter  »

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Robbie Coltrane tries not to lose his head.
28 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw the first of two sold out screenings of "On The Nose" at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2001). Before the film began, the director, David Caffery, said a few words about this Irish/Canadian production. He was funny and charming so audience opinion may have been swayed just a little bit. Not that it mattered.

"On The Nose" is an, as the British say, "Brilliant!" film. Coltrane is at his best playing a college porter addicted to gambling who finds a very unique way of picking winning race horses. The film is filled with amusing characters and conflicts. At times the audience laughed so hard I missed lines. I guess I'll just have to see the film again. :-)

If you're a Coltrane fan you shouldn't miss this one. If you're a fan of "little" Irish films this one will please you. If you're a fan of comedy and want to enjoy a good laugh and a cheer, by all means see "On The Nose."

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