Adam & Paul

Adam & Paul

Lenny Abrahamson (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A downbeat comedy or slapstick tragedy, depending on which way you look at it, this Irish movie has been pithily likened to Samuel Beckett on smack. Adam and Paul (played by screenwriter Mark O'Halloran and Tom Murphy, respectively) are two Dublin junkies, a classic large-and-little act. The story follows them over the course of a seemingly ordinary day as they pursue a fix, encountering en route friends, acquaintances and strangers, most of them hostile. Although watching the physical ravages of heroin withdrawal borders on the nauseating at times, the tone here is more quietly observant than judgemental. The script and Lenny Abrahamson's direction extract considerable comedy out of the duo's picaresque adventures, which are spiked by moments of absurdity, coincidence and even tenderness. Deadpan and droll, the leads - particularly Murphy - have an easy chemistry that generates considerable charm.


Two childhood friends living in Dublin have grown up to be heroin addicts. During the course of a day, they wander the city, hoping to beg, borrow or steal enough cash to feed their habit - but their efforts only lead them into a series of bizarre misadventures. Comedy drama, starring Mark O'Halloran, Tom Murphy, Gary Egan and Dylan Grimes.

Cast & Crew

Paul Tom Murphy
Adam Mark O'Halloran
Janine Louise Lewis (2)
Georgie Gary Egan
Marian Deirdre Molloy
Orla Mary Murray
Wayne Paul Roe
Karl Ian Cregg
Clank Gerry Moore
Bulgarian man Ion Caramitru
Director Lenny Abrahamson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Guerilla FilmsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 3 Jun 2005
Drama Comedy