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Perrier's Bounty

Perrier's Bounty

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent


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An ordinary guy gets himself in an extraordinary amount of trouble in this blend of comedy and action from director Ian Fitzgibbon. Michael McCrea (Cillian Murphy) is a regular guy who isn't especially good with money, which leads him to borrow some money from Perrier (Brendan


An ordinary guy gets himself in an extraordinary amount of trouble in this blend of comedy and action from director Ian Fitzgibbon. Michael McCrea (Cillian Murphy) is a regular guy who isn't especially good with money, which leads him to borrow some money from Perrier (Brendan Gleeson), a local loan shark and strong-arm man. Unfortunately, Michael isn't able to pay back the money on schedule, and he quickly learns that Perrier is one man you don't want angry; now there's a price on Michael's head and he needs to pay his debt quickly if he wants to live. Michael accepts a proposal from a small-time hood to do a quick breaking-and-entering job in exchange for part of the loot, but things go very wrong and somehow the neighbor girl Michael is sweet on, Brenda (Jodie Whittaker), ends up shooting someone. Now Michael is on the run from two sets of crooks, has a dead body to deal with, must find an alibi for Brenda, and has to mend fences with his crusty father (Jim Broadbent) before his dad is willing to help. Perrier's Bounty was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A breezy crime comedy with a bit of a mean streak, Perrier's Bounty is a bit too bipolar to be fully satisfying, but remains highly watchable thanks to some colorful performances, a driving score, and a fast-paced screenplay peppered with lots of playful banter. Neither as flashy as a Guy Ritchie film nor as gritty as Get Carter, it exists in some quirky twilight zone in between, playing on our familiarity with crime cinema tropes and occasionally turning them on their head to reveal glimpses of inspiration within a derivative, yet highly enjoyable, framework. Michael McCrea (Cillian Murphy) is about to lose his legs. Not because of an illness or some tragic accident. No, Michael owes 1,000 euros to a local gangster named Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson). A portly, imposing underworld figure with a reputation for extreme violence, Perrier has sent his two best men to settle the debt by either collecting the money or crippling Michael. The desperate slacker is saved from spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair, however, when his depressed neighbor Brenda (Jodie Whittaker) emerges from her apartment and pulls a Dirty Harry, plugging the baseball-bat-wielding thug before he can hit a bone-snapping home run. Furious at having lost one of his best enforcers, Perrier puts out a 10,000-euro bounty on Michael's and Brenda's heads. Now every lowlife in town is eager to throw Michael to the wolves and collect a hearty reward. Meanwhile, Michael's estranged father, Jim (Jim Broadbent), has just reappeared with news that he's dying of cancer. When Jim, too, becomes caught up in Michael's mess, he decides to help his son fight back against the imposing Perrier. With Perrier's Bounty, writer Mark O'Rowe and director Ian Fitzgibbon have crafted a crime comedy with teeth -- a film that recognizes the absurdity of underworld dealings but refuses to whitewash the repercussions of leading a felonious lifestyle. Sure, most of the characters may be cinema stereotypes, but O'Rowe infuses them with just enough personality to make them seem more human than cartoon, even when their actions suggest otherwise; armed with the knowledge that he's dying, Jim McCrea continually makes decisions that no sane man would. As a character, Jim is over the top, but thanks to Broadbent's talents as an actor and O'Rowe's skillful use of exposition, he's still someone whom we come to care about as he attempts to redeem himself by saving his son's life. And while Perrier himself could have easily come off as a hot-headed sadist, O'Rowe refuses to take the easy road, revealing him as a more complex figure than we may have expected with his reaction to a revelation about one of his top henchmen. By throwing us this curveball early on, O'Rowe lets us know that we may be in store for a few surprises, instilling the film with a quirky energy that helps to smooth over some of its rougher edges -- such as a woefully misguided and unnecessary narration by Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne. Perrier's Bounty is the kind of film that's constructed not on originality or inventiveness but on character and attitude. Thanks to the talented cast and a director who knows how to keep the action moving, those traits are the ones that come through strongest, too. There are far worse ways to spend 88 minutes, and if you manage to keep your expectations in check, you might just enjoy this worthwhile hidden gem.

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Performance Credits
Cillian Murphy Michael
Brendan Gleeson Darren Perrier
Jim Broadbent Jim
Jodie Whittaker Brenda
Michael McElhatton Ivan
Don Wycherley Orlando
Liam Cunningham The Mutt
Brendan Coyle Jerome
Conleth Hill Russ
Gabriel Byrne Grim Reaper
Domhnall Gleeson Clifford
Patrick McCabe Mulligan
Ned Dennehy Clamper
Glenn Speers Clamper
Padraic Delaney Shamie
Natalie Britton Catherine
Breffni McKenna Dinny
Francis Magee Hank
Wuzza Conlon Blaise
Brendan F. Dempsey Victor
Brian Doherty Kenny
Jane Brennan Farmhouse Battleaxe
Michael Fitzgerald Garda
Chris Newman Teen 1
Andrew Simpson Teen 2

Technical Credits
Ian Fitzgibbon Director
Adam Betteridge Executive Producer
Gerard Bryan Art Director
Tony Cranstoun Editor
David Holmes Score Composer
Paul Davies Sound/Sound Designer
Seamus Deasy Cinematographer
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
Nana Fischer Makeup
Frances Hannon Makeup
Tim Haslam Executive Producer
Mark Holt Special Effects
Carmel Jackson Makeup
Elizabeth Karlsen Producer
Keith Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
Eamon Maloney Executive Producer
Amanda McArthur Production Designer
Alan Moloney Producer
Susan Mullen Co-producer
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark O'Rowe Screenwriter
David Rogers Executive Producer
Gary Smith Executive Producer
Martin Trevis Sound Mixer
Paul White Executive Producer
Stephen Woolley Producer
Jennifer Wynne Production Manager

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