Cardboard Gangsters

Cardboard Gangsters

Mark O'Connor (2016)

18 Certificate


Our Score
On a lawless Dublin housing estate, a group of unemployed pals scheme their way to a better life via the expedient route of drug dealing in this Irish crime drama. Originality is hardly in the movie's favour, as this cautionary tale treads a well-worn path, but it does offer a reasonably authentic picture of the scrag end of the Irish capital, replete with much colourful dialogue, an Irish rap soundtrack (!), and generally vivid performances. The standout is burly lead John Connors (who co-wrote the script with director Mark O'Connor), whose charismatic presence draws sympathy for a young man whose good intentions are soon side-tracked into numerous bad decisions. Almost as striking is Kierston Wareing, the restless wife of a feared local drugs baron and the story's toxic blonde. A box-office success on home ground, it manages the trick of respecting the aspirations of those left behind by the Celtic Tiger economy while handing out a few tough lessons on the cost of responsibility.


Premiere. A gang of lads selling drugs in Darndale in Dublin's Northside sets out to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the narcotics trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in the area is willing to let them achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight. Thriller, starring John Connors.

Cast & Crew

Jason Connolly John Connors
Dano Fionn Walton
Derra Murphy Jimmy Smallhorne
Kim Murphy Kierston Wareing
Whacker Alan Clinch
Glenner Paul Alwright
Cobbie Ryan Lincoln
Sean Ciaran McCabe
Director Mark O'Connor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: WildcardGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 4 Aug 2017