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Cowboys & Angels (2003)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 23 July 2004 (Ireland)
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The story concerns a hapless civil servant who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student and finds himself on the catwalk. The film sets out... See full summary »

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David Gleeson

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David Gleeson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Legge ... Shane Butler
Allen Leech ... Vincent Cusack (as Alan Leech)
Amy Shiels ... Gemma
David Murray ... Keith
Frank Kelly ... Jerry
Colm Coogan Colm Coogan ... Budgie
Sean Power ... Frankie
Alvaro Lucchesi Alvaro Lucchesi ... Bunny
Frank Coughlan Frank Coughlan ... Richard Walsh
Nigel Mercier ... Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Barry Jennifer Barry ... Estate Agent
Jason Cahill Jason Cahill ... Bouncer
Padraig Campbell Padraig Campbell ... Detective Black
Louise Carey Louise Carey ... Girl in Street
Michael Carney Michael Carney ... Gardai
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Storyline

The story concerns a hapless civil servant who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student and finds himself on the catwalk. The film sets out to explore the difficulties for young people in keeping their identities in a fast moving culture of drugs and clubs. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amici per la vita See more »

Filming Locations:

County Limerick, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,864, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,700, 19 December 2004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director David Gleeson had worked in the Department of Agriculture office where the scenes in the movie were filmed. Some of the extras are the people with whom he used to work. See more »

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When they are behind bars, Vincent told Shane that he can't believe that he was caught by the police because of a joint smoking. He said that it was his first time to smoke a joint and that he even don't smoke, where in their first meet up with Shane while telling the story of his trip to France in 1997 he was smoking and you can see that he was kind a pro with it. See more »

Quotes

Shane: Are you gay?
Vincent Cusack: Why do you ask?
[pause]
Vincent Cusack: Yes, I am. It's the fashion thing, isn't it?
Shane: It's everything.
[sheepish grin]
Shane: I'm not, by the way.
Vincent Cusack: I figured.
Shane: It's the hair thing, isn't it?
Vincent Cusack: It's everything.
[...]
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Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Dream
Performed by AM60
Written by Root/Smith/Brichard
Used by kind permission of Shifty Disco Records
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Captures the mood of a changing Ireland
21 February 2005 | by johnjredingtonSee all my reviews

It's a low-budget film with little in the way of a storyline and includes some diversions that have little bearing on the overall product. All of this would lead you to dismiss it as a lightweight offering. However, one of the main functions of a movie is to capture a sense of time and place and, in this context, Cowboys & Angels succeeds brilliantly. Even though it was made just two years ago, it has already found a unique position in time that viewers can relate to. It is set in my hometown of Limerick at the turn of the millennium as Ireland was moving from being the poorest country in western Europe to one of the wealthiest. Much of this happened to the bemusement of a population which had grown up on unemployment and emigration and now suddenly found itself surrounded by opportunities it had only dreamed of up to then. And along the way, a certain innocence was lost as a bulging generation of baby-boomers (Ireland's birthrate peaked thirty years later than its neighbours)worked its way through the buzz and the heartaches of transformation. In some ways, it resembles growing-up classics like American Graffiti and Rebel Without a Cause but set in a very different time and place. The main character, superbly played by Michael Legge, captures that wide-eyed innocence that the country was going through at the time while the photography picks up the youthful vitality of the city. While, on the surface, it may be an unremarkable tale about an unremarkable place, the ambiance is absolutely spot-on. Cowboys & Angels is perhaps the most representative contemporary feature film to come out of Ireland during the past decade.


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