John Crowley (2003)

18 Certificate


Our Score
For all its crudity and violence, this edgy slice-of-life tale remains compulsively addictive. Part grimy ensemble drama, part bruise-black comedy, it follows a group of interlinking characters doing whatever it takes to stay buoyant in a crime-ridden area of Dublin. At the centre of events is John (28 Days Later Cillian Murphy), a supermarket shelf-stacker who plots revenge after ex-girlfriend Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald) shacks up with a middle-aged bank manager. While the protagonists aren't likeable, they're certainly absorbing, from a moustached Shirley Henderson to Colin Farrell's trigger-happy rogue. But be warned, their nasty, foul-mouthed antics won't be to everyone's taste, even though it's the strong humour that ultimately leaves the deepest impression.


Dublin resident John suggests a trial break-up with his girlfriend, only to bitterly regret it when she begins a new relationship with a bank manager almost straightaway. John is wallowing in the depths of dejection when his pal Lehiff, a small-time crook, suggests they get even by committing a robbery. Comedy, starring Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Kelly Macdonald.

Cast & Crew

Lehiff Colin Farrell (2)
Sally Shirley Henderson
Deirdre Kelly Macdonald
Det Jerry Lynch Colm Meaney
John Cillian Murphy
Maura Ger Ryan
Mick Brian F O'Byrne
Sam Michael McElhatton
Noeleen Deirdre O'Kane
Oscar David Wilmot
Director John Crowley
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 28 Nov 2003


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