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Cardboard Gangsters

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2016
  • Mark O'Connor
  • 88 mins
  • 18

Summary

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 and Fionn Walton

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Jason ConnollyJohn Connors
DanoFionn Walton
Derra MurphyJimmy Smallhorne
Kim MurphyKierston Wareing
WhackerAlan Clinch
GlennerPaul Alwright
CobbieRyan Lincoln
SeanCiaran McCabe

Crew

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DirectorMark O'Connor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Wildcard
Released on
2017-08-04
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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