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Red Roses and Petrol (2003)

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A dysfunctional Irish family gathers after the death of their patriarch.


Tamar Simon Hoffs


Tamar Simon Hoffs (story), Joseph O'Connor (play) | 2 more credits »



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Credited cast:
Malcolm McDowell ... Enda Doyle
Olivia Tracey ... Moya Doyle
Heather Juergensen ... Medbh Doyle
Max Beesley ... Johnny Doyle
Greg Ellis ... Tom Ivres
Susan Lynch ... Catherine Doyle
Catherine Farrell ... Helen
Sean Lawlor ... Prof. Thompson
Robert Easton ... Old Geezer
Aubrey Morris ... Father Morton
Arie Verveen ... Doc
Timothy V. Murphy ... Eamonn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zola Glassman Zola Glassman ... Young Medbh
Kathryn Joosten ... Nurse
Lou Mulford ... Neighbor Woman


Amidst a haze of cigarette smoke and uneaten food, the family of Enda Doyle gathers in Dublin for his wake. A university librarian, poet and rascal, he has left behind a trail of unresolved issues, a dysfunctional family, and a disturbing mystery. Enda's dazed widow, Moya, anxiously prepares for the next day's funeral with her still stuck-at-home, twenty-something daughter Medbh lending a loving hand. Moya's desperation to keep her family together and Medbh's sharp tongue provide the backdrop for the arrival of headstrong older sister Catherine from New York with her handsome but awkward boyfriend Tom in tow. They doubt that London-based Johnny, the angry black sheep brother of the family, will even appear at all. Sorting through boxes of Enda's books, the women discover a cache of self-recorded video diaries that might shed light on who Enda Doyle really was and some of the secrets that he was never able to share with them. At the funeral, the daughters see a distraught young woman ... Written by Anonymous

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Death brings families closer together...or does it? See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references


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Release Date:

15 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)
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The only American member of the Irish/English cast, Heather Juergensen, perfected her Irish accent in the high school class of Frank McCourt. See more »


Featured in O Lucky Malcolm! (2006) See more »


Drunken Lullabies
Performed by Flogging Molly
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saw this film and enjoyed it
10 September 2008 | by talkmuchbritSee all my reviews

I would just like to reply to the previous negative comment that was made about this film. I happen to love Malcolm McDowell and I think this film is one of his best works, not stiff and pretentious at all. I think it was a great adaptation to Joseph O'Conner's play, which I also happened to see a few years ago when I lived in Boston. I was able to relate to the plot a lot because I come from a family, although not Irish, that is dysfunctional in a way as well. I think others have a good opportunity to relate to this film too because it is full of genuine emotion. There was also a good number of Flogging Molly songs which was really enjoyable to hear especially in the dancing scene in the family's backyard.

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