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Directed by: Stephen Frears

Produced: 1993

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 15

Studio: 2 Entertain

Length: 91 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 2 November 2009

Cat No: BBCDVD3090

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Languages(s): English
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The Snapper

Cast: Colm Meaney , Tina Kellegher , Ruth McCabe , Pat Laffan , Eanna MacLiam , Ciara Duffy , Peter Rowen , Fionnula Murphy , Karen Woodley , Joanne Gerrard

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Second part of Roddy Doyle’s ’Barrytown’ trilogy - preceded by ’The Commitments’ and followed by ’The Van’. Dessie Curley (Colm Meaney)... Read More

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Second part of Roddy Doyle’s ’Barrytown’ trilogy - preceded by ’The Commitments’ and followed by ’The Van’. Dessie Curley (Colm Meaney) is a plasterer and, yes, likes getting plastered. With his wife Kay (Ruth McCabe), he rules over six lively children, one of whom, Sharon (Tina Kellegher), announces that she is pregnant. The family don’t believe her story that the dad is a Spanish sailor, and suspicion falls upon a neighbour (Pat Laffan) who is just about to leave his wife. Set in the suburbs of Dublin, this was made for television but given a cinematic release after the success of ’The Commitments’.

Roddy Doyle’s follow-up to The Commitments is energetically adapted to the screen by director Stephen Frears in this witty, warm snapshot into the lives of the Curley family. The “snapper” of the title refers to unborn child of 20-year-old Sharon, whose family react in unexpected ways when the unplanned pregnancy is announced. Gossip about who the father is tears through their Dublin suburb, as the family try to cope with the life-changing news.

If this makes The Snapper sound like a grim kitchen sink drama, think again: Doyle’s script dispels any misery from the start, creating a bawdy drama packed with dry Irish humour - after just one minute in this wonderful family’s company the viewer will rooting for them all the way. Colm Meanie is terrific as the well-meaning paterfamilias, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, while Fionnuala Murphy as Sharon’s hilariously straightforward best friend deserves her own show. Resolutely unsentimental, even in the brilliantly played scene where the father tries to convince the daughter not to leave home, this is one of the sharpest and funniest comedies of the 1990s.

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