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Wide Open Spaces (2009)

Two Irishmen are heavily in debt and need a lot of money quickly. They come up with the idea to open a Famine theme park.


Tom Hall


Arthur Mathews
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Credited cast:
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Myles
Ewen Bremner ... Austin
Owen Roe ... Gerard Ring
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Dulally
Morwenna Banks ... Leonie
Kelly Campbell ... Joanna Smith
Gerard McSorley ... Hingerty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nasrin Leahy Nasrin Leahy ... Eileen
Frankie McCafferty ... Timmy / Shotgun Man
Sarah McCall Sarah McCall ... Sinead
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Denise
Helen Norton Helen Norton ... Secretary
Peter Timmons Peter Timmons ... Thomas


Two Irishmen are heavily in debt and need a lot of money quickly. They come up with the idea to open a Famine theme park.

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30 October 2009 | by lav13See all my reviews

I'm not sure exactly what this is.

It's like someone has watched a couple of Beckett and Pinter plays then a Carry On film and decided to have a go themselves.

It's full of inexplicable silences and overblown slow prop mishandling. There's an over- current of drabness with a lot of very affected acting. There's the conversations that go nowhere and have no purpose.

All of these things can be great, if done well... and a lot of it has been done well but still isn't great. There's a mystery here somewhere as to why this has gone wrong; it's hard to point a finger at. Can't fault the actual performances and it's an interesting enough story...It just somehow doesn't work.

If I had to make a stab at it I'd say that there is something in the execution that puts a distance between me and the film. It's the putting together that's made the problem maybe.

I'm coming to the conclusion that they meant to do a play and accidentally ended up making a film. I could see it working as a play, but it just doesn't as a film.

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17 July 2009 (Ireland) See more »

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County Kildare, Ireland


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