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Divorcing Jack
     

Divorcing Jack

Director: David Caffrey

Cast: David Thewlis, Rachel Griffiths, Robert Lindsay

 

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On the eve of near-future Northern Ireland's first general election, well-marketed reformer Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay), a shoo-in for prime minister, has newspaper columnist Dan Starkey's dander up. Working the election beat alongside visiting Boston Globe writer Charles Parker (Richard Gant), Starkey (David Thewlis) watches his pointed barbs slide off Brinn's

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On the eve of near-future Northern Ireland's first general election, well-marketed reformer Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay), a shoo-in for prime minister, has newspaper columnist Dan Starkey's dander up. Working the election beat alongside visiting Boston Globe writer Charles Parker (Richard Gant), Starkey (David Thewlis) watches his pointed barbs slide off Brinn's Teflon-coated backside. Drowning his troubles in drink in a Belfast park, Starkey invites beautiful art student Margaret (Laura Fraser) to a friend's party, unaware of her ties to both the IRA and to Brinn's political party. When Starkey's wife (Laine Megaw) catches him canoodling with Margaret, she kicks Starkey out and he ends up in Margaret's bed. When the girl turns up mortally wounded a mere day later, mouthing the words "divorcing Jack" just before her death rattle, Starkey finds himself a suspect in the murder. Donning a ridiculous wig and going on the lam, he must fend off a nationwide manhunt while tracing the connection between Margaret's death and the upcoming election. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, this British/French co-production marked director David Caffrey's feature debut. Irish writer Colin Bateman adapted his own novel, one of several to feature Starkey as a protagonist.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This screwball thriller may not shed much light on the issue of Irish sovereignty, but it sure turns Belfast into a great backdrop for giggles and gunfights. In a classic bait-and-switch, the film comes on like a light comedy about a hard-drinkin' gonzo journalist with a talent for pissing off both his editor and his wife, then veers sharply into murder, intrigue, and suspense. As columnist Dan Starkey, David Thewlis has great fun dispensing boozed-up one-liners in an Irish brogue while navigating the intertwined worlds of Northern Ireland's underworld and its political landscape. Several actresses shine in smaller roles, from Laine Megaw as Starkey's tight-lipped, long-suffering wife to Bronagh Gallagher as a fast-talking cab driver. Rachel Griffiths brings typical aplomb to a role that finds her alternating between a nun's habit and a nurse's uniform and toting a machine gun, while Laura Fraser's playful sensuality transforms the slain Margaret from a plot fulcrum to a memorable character. Ultimately, though, it's David Caffrey's deft disruption of genre conventions and Colin Bateman's wonderful characters that make Divorcing Jack such an offbeat pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2016
UPC:
0885444715679
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Filmrise
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
80,945

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Thewlis Dan Starkey
Rachel Griffiths Lee Cooper
Robert Lindsay Michael Brinn
Jason Isaacs Cow Pat Keegan
Laura Fraser Margaret
Richard Gant Charles Parker
Bronagh Gallagher Taxi Driver
Laine Megaw Patricia
Kitty Aldridge Agnes Brinn
Adam Black Young Starkey
Simon Magill Starkey's Brother
George Shane Woods
Alan McKee Mouse
Brian Devlin Dans' work mate
Sean Caffrey Joe
Birdy Sweeney Lift Attendant
Katie Tumelty Reporter
Ian McElhinney Alfie Stewart
B.J. Hogg Billy McCoubrey
Gerard Quinn Pizza Shop Boy
Dale Kirkpatrick Robert Brinn
Jonathan Collier Robert Brinn
Phil Young FTP Skinhead
Thomas Hourican Sod
Danny Kelly Space Hopper Man
Frank Mannion Finbar Kelly
Colin Murphy Giblet O'Gibber
John Linehan Announcer
Barbara Adair Old Woman
Paddy Rocks Mad Dog
Derek Halligan Frankie
Patrick Duncan Waiter
Dick Holland Crony
James Duran Hood
Norman Hagan Balaclava
John Keegan Father Flynn
Brendan McNally Postal
Robert Cooper Civil Servant
Alison Black Radio Newsreader
Alec Fennell Radio Newsreader
Christine Bleakley Radio Newsreader
Stephen Nolan Radio Newsreader
Chris Buckler Radio Newsreader
Stephen Cavanagh Punk

Technical Credits
David Caffrey Director
Colin Bateman Screenwriter
Georges Benayoun Co-producer
Robert Cooper Producer
Chris Craib Executive Producer
Marina Gefter Executive Producer
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Adrian Johnston Score Composer
Claire Kenny Production Designer
Frank Mannion Co-producer
Tom McCullagh Art Director
Mervyn Moore Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Moore Editor
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Gary Smith Executive Producer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Pam Tait Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
James Welland Cinematographer
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer

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