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Adam & Paul (2004)

2 heroin addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Writer:

Mark O'Halloran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Murphy Tom Murphy ... Paul
Mark O'Halloran ... Adam
Gavin Dowdall Gavin Dowdall ... Boy at Flats 1
Luke Keeler Luke Keeler ... Boy at Flats 2
Michael McElhatton ... Martin's Voice
Laurie Morton Laurie Morton ... Woman on Bus 1
Sylvia Murray Sylvia Murray ... Woman on Bus 2
Gary Egan Gary Egan ... Georgie
Dylan Grimes Dylan Grimes ... Georgie Jnr
Shelby Clarke Shelby Clarke ... Girl with plaits
Deirdre Molloy Deirdre Molloy ... Marian
Mary Murray ... Orla
Paul Roe Paul Roe ... Wayne
Thomas Farrell Thomas Farrell ... Sleeping Bag Boy
Pierre Rodgers Pierre Rodgers ... Man in car
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Storyline

2 heroin addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

The film's unit was tiny - one truck for camera, props and make-up and one minivan for the cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

When Adam is high on heroin and lying down on a street bench (1hr07), the closeup of his eye shows a partially dilated pupil. Heroin would cause the pupils to contract to pinpricks. See more »

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Spin-off Prosperity (2007) See more »

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Bittersweet tragi-comedy
21 September 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ADAM & PAUL is one of those zero budget films that turns out to be a lot, lot better than bigger-budgeted fare. It's a quirky Irish indie, doing what ONCE did for musicals for the drug genre if you look at it that way; the sparse narrative follows a couple of low life characters as they go through the course of a day shoplifting, mugging, and indulging in petty crime to get the money for their next fix.

There's something fresh and naturalistic about films like this and ADAM & PAUL is indeed a wonderful little production. The simple, episodic nature of the storyline brings this into comparison with the classic 'journey' narratives of old and the characters are delightfully scuzzy, which make the viewing experience all the more fun. In fact, I was surprised at how funny this is for such an unrelentingly grim tale; it's true to life, made with plenty of that Irish charm, so there's little to dislike here. Tom Murphy gives the best performance as the put-upon Paul - there wouldn't be much of a film without him - and knowing the actor died of cancer some three years after this film's release only adds to the bittersweet nature of the production.


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