The Snapper

The Snapper

Stephen Frears (1993)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Adapted by Roddy Doyle from his own novel, this sassy comedy drama was something of a disappointment after his earlier slice of working-class Dublin life, The Commitments. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, the film benefits from a few snorting one-liners and some solid ensemble playing, although the cast occasionally gets carried away during the very stagey shouting matches. The main problem, however, is that director Stephen Frears too often allows the comedy to slip into sitcom and the drama to come across as something from a social-conscience soap opera. The Van, the final part of the trilogy, was released in late 1996.


A 20-year-old woman from a large family announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father. Her protective dad is determined to stand by her through thick and thin, but over the next nine months, small-town gossip starts to take its toll on him. Stephen Frears' comedy drama, based on Roddy Doyle's novel, starring Tina Kellegher and Colm Meaney.

Cast & Crew

Sharon Curley Tina Kellegher
Dessie Curley Colm Meaney
Kay Curley Ruth McCabe
Craig Curley Eanna MacLiam
Sonny Curley Peter Rowen
Lisa Curley Joanne Gerrard
Darren Curley Colm O'Byrne
Kimberley Curley Ciara Duffy
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Electric PicturesAvailable on: video
Drama Comedy