Middletown

Overview

Brian Kirk's gothic thriller Middletown excoriates the actions and attitudes of the Irish Catholic clergy by honing in on one psychotically deranged fire-and-brimstone preacher. Matthew MacFadyen is Gabriel Hunter, a priest fresh from missions work in Africa. After 15 years of service in the field, Gabriel returns to his hometown in Ireland to occupy the now-vacant pulpit. Once there, he re-encounters three members of his working-class brood: his father, Bill Hunter Gerard McSorley; his younger brother, the ...
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Overview

Brian Kirk's gothic thriller Middletown excoriates the actions and attitudes of the Irish Catholic clergy by honing in on one psychotically deranged fire-and-brimstone preacher. Matthew MacFadyen is Gabriel Hunter, a priest fresh from missions work in Africa. After 15 years of service in the field, Gabriel returns to his hometown in Ireland to occupy the now-vacant pulpit. Once there, he re-encounters three members of his working-class brood: his father, Bill Hunter Gerard McSorley; his younger brother, the service station attendant Jim Daniel Mays; and Jim's expectant wife Caroline Eva Birthistle, who runs the local speakeasy. The family welcomes Gabriel home, but from the first moments of his arrival, he projects a violent, hair-trigger temper; relentless, psychopathic bursts of unchecked anger; and a sadistic obsession with inflicting pain and cruelty on everything and everyone around him -- from squelching live mice beneath his heels to strangling the neck of a chicken that he seizes during a cockfight. From the pulpit, Gabriel uses sermons to relentlessly damn the members of his congregation for their sins, including all activity at the local pub, which he perceives as a den of iniquity. When Gabriel hears Caroline's refusal to have her child baptized, the statement pushes him completely over the edge and triggers a string of increasingly violent acts that will bring the entire community to its knees -- and threaten the lives and safety of Bill, Jim, Caroline, and the newborn baby. Daragh Carville authored the script.
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Special Features

Cast profiles; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 066805308550
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Bfs Entertainment
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,240

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew MacFadyen Gabriel, Reverend Gabriel Hunter
Daniel Mays , Jim
Eva Birthistle
Gerard McSorley
Richard Dormer
David Wilmot
Mick Lally
Sorcha Cusack
David Herlihy
Frankie McCafferty
Bronagh Gallagher
Charlene McKenna
Marie Jones
Lalor Roddy
Tyrone McKenna
Debbie Wiseman Conductor
Technical Credits
Brian Kirk Director
Tony Aherne Asst. Director
Mary Alleguen Production Manager
Kay Brown Art Director
Mark Byrne Co-producer
Kevin Byrne Special Effects
Daragh Carville Screenwriter
Michael Casey Producer
Sam Chandley Casting
Gerry Farrell Special Effects
Morna Ferguson Makeup
Ashleigh Jeffers Production Designer
Peter Johnston Executive Producer
Michael Kearns Special Effects
Janice Keogh Executive Producer
Brendan McCarthy Executive Producer
Adrian McCarthy Executive Producer
Liam McDermott Special Effects
Nicky Moss Sound/Sound Designer
Lorna Mugan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Murrell Editor
Kevin Nolan Special Effects
Martha O'Neill Co-producer, Executive Producer
Pat Redmond Special Effects
Dave Rodham Special Effects
Stephen Stewart Associate Producer
Adam Suschitzky Cinematographer
Mark Thomas Associate Producer
Fiona Weir Casting
Richard Williams Executive Producer
Simon Willis Sound/Sound Designer
Debbie Wiseman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Middletown
2. Sunday [8:42]
3. Gabriel Returns [9:19]
4. Church [5:37]
5. Concern [9:15]
6. Plan [7:14]
7. Preaching [5:24]
8. Upset [6:01]
9. Confrontation [9:47]
10. The Baby [7:16]
11. Fire [7:17]
12. Saved [4:11]
13. End Credits [4:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Middletown
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   Scene Selection
   Cast Profiles
      Matthew Macfadyen
      Daniel Mays
   Credits
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