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The Actors (2003)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 16 May 2003 (UK)
Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people to whom he owes money.

Director:

Conor McPherson

Writers:

Neil Jordan (story), Conor McPherson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Anthony O'Malley
Dylan Moran ... Tom Quirk
Michael Gambon ... Barreller
Lena Headey ... Dolores
Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Magnani
Michael McElhatton ... Jock
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Rita
Ben Miller ... Clive
Abigail Iversen Abigail Iversen ... Mary
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Audition Director
Deirdre Walsh Deirdre Walsh ... Camcorder Girl
Bill Hickey Bill Hickey ... Stage Doorkeeper
Veronica O'Reilly Veronica O'Reilly ... Box Office Attendant
Paul Ward ... Maurice - Usher
Brian McGuinness ... Dermot - Usher
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Storyline

Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people to whom he owes money.

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Taglines:

Thick as thieves. Only thicker.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy alakítás See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,742
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Notoious prankster Simon Delaney frequently made phone calls to the producers, impersonating Sir Michael Caine, telling them how much he loved working with Writer and Director Conor McPherson. It wasn't until the premiere screening that many of the production staff discovered that the phone calls weren't made by Sir Michael. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Magnani finally confronts Tony and Tom in their dressing room, the mic is visible above Tom's head. See more »

Quotes

Anthony O'Malley: And we are sad men, awaiting advice from a nine year old girl.
Tom Quirk: But we're big enough to accept that.
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Soundtracks

Could It Be Love?
Orchestrated by The Michael Nyman Band
Performed by Dylan Moran and Lena Headey
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Less! Less!
17 May 2003 | by solebananaSee all my reviews

Strange effort part funded by the now-defunct FilmFour and DreamWorks amongst others, supported by the Irish film board. Basically two actors trying to act their way out of trouble.

Let's start with the good news. Child actress, very good, convincing. Lena Headey as Dolores, stunning, smouldering, good performance, I'll come back to her in a moment. Dylan Moran as Tom, good enough. Michael Caine as fading actor O'Malley, quite good, believable. Michael Gambon as Barreller, mostly quite good though sometimes he did look a bit too much like, well, Michael Gambon. Plot a bit perfunctory, Tom (at O'Malley's suggestion) pretends to be someone who Barreller owes money to and collects it instead. Things then start going wrong.

So what's the problem?

Though there are laughs along the way, some of it I found too horribly embarassing to watch, and at one point even to listen to (I put my fingers in my ears for a minute or two). It does have a romantic sub-plot, but it isn't central enough to call this a romantic film. I should also say that some of the material involving Dolores, towards the end, is dodgey for 15 year olds, and this should really be considered X-rated. In the states it's a 17-cert (R rating) not a 15 as in the UK.

I liked the throwaway ending, but though I wanted to enjoy the film, really I did, too much of it was neither funny nor entertaining. Sorry but it didn't do it for me, in spite of favourable external reviews.


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