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Heartlands (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 27 April 2003 (UK)
Expelled from his local darts team, a mild mannered newsagent rushes across the country to the final on his own.

Director:

Damien O'Donnell

Writers:

Paul Fraser, Paul Fraser (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sheen ... Colin
Mark Addy ... Ron
Jim Carter ... Geoff
Celia Imrie ... Sonja
Ruth Jones ... Mandy
Phillipa Peak Phillipa Peak ... Sarah
Jane Robbins Jane Robbins ... Sandra
Paul Shane ... Zippy
Mark Strong ... Ian
Joe Dempsie ... Craig (as Joseph Dempsie)
Silas-Paul Simpson Silas-Paul Simpson ... Andy
Russell Hayes Russell Hayes ... Russ
Alan Williams ... Deno
Bill Rodgers ... Dennis
James Corden ... Shady
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Storyline

Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes happily lead a quiet life, running a news agency with his spoiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Atletic Arms team. Colin catches her committing adultery with team captain Geoff, a cop, who pretends Colin abused her. Col is thrown off the team just after it qualified for the league finals in Blackpool. He decides to travel there alone, hoping to win her back. The adventurous journey feels like the start of a more playful life. Written by KGF Vissers

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An offbeat road trip... An exciting new world!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Film debut of Joe Dempsie. See more »

Crazy Credits

Coach Driver - Mel Gibson (the credit was added as a laugh at the expense of producer Harvey Weinstein, who wanted starrier names in the cast). See more »

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The Fairest of All Yarrow
By Kate Rusby
Performed by Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Andy Cutting and Michael McGoldrick
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Fantastic unknown film!
5 February 2005 | by csharp7See all my reviews

Saw this in a film class when I was studying in Ireland and got to participate in a Q&A with director Damien O'Donnell (other films to check out, East is East and the short 35 Aside.) I was very saddened to discover that it has not had, and will probably never have any kind of wide release.

It is the story of Colin, a sweet, bumbly darts enthusiast who embarks on a trip across the British Midlands in search of his girlfriend and his life.

I thought it was a beautiful and captivating film that broke my heart and lifted it all at the same time. I have never felt so empathetic for a protagonist before and the experience is one I'd love everyone in the world to have.

The word on the street is that a certain Miramax executive has decided to sit on this gem of a film indefinitely and I think that is beyond wrong. It is totally sublime and should get it's day in the sun!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2003 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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