The Runway is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who landed his plane near Mallow, in 1983. Against all odds, the people of the town came together to build a runway to get him home and briefly caught the imagination of the nation. It is the story of Paco, a young boy without a father who adopts the pilot Ernesto and convinces the town to fix his plane. But then to reunite Paco with his friend whose family are travelers and whose business is laying tarmac, Ernesto convinced the town to build a runway to get him home.
Demián Bichir's entire dialogue is in Spanish and not dubbed into English. It is subtitled for the audience. For the Irish villagers in the film who don't speak Spanish it is translated by Paco. See more »
Demián Bichír gives a driving lesson to Jamie Kierans in a left hand drive Ford Fiesta (which they hardly had in Ireland in 1983) and the same car 'miraculously' turns into a right hand one in a later scene when Bichír collects Kerry Condon for a date. See more »
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the pilot of the vehicle. To be perfectly honest, we are not certain of his name yet. We're also not certain precisely *what* he is we think he's a form of Colombian, or possibly Mexican.
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The opening credits are preceded by a black screen with very small white text reading "Kind of inspired by a true story...". See more »
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
Written by Adam Clayton, The Edge (as David Evans), Larry Mullen Jr. (as Larry Mullen), Bono (as Paul Hewson)
Courtesy of Blue Mountain Music (UK) and Mother Music (Eire) See more »
A Great Feel-Good Film
Really enjoyed it. A real feel-good film with great Irish humour. Wonderful actors, beautiful photography & an awesome soundtrack.
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