Snapper

Snapper

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Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe

     
 

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This sharp comedy from director Stephen Frears has been given a snappy presentation for its release on DVD. The Snapper has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround and the dialogue is inSee more details below

Overview

This sharp comedy from director Stephen Frears has been given a snappy presentation for its release on DVD. The Snapper has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround and the dialogue is in English with no multiple-language options included (though the disc does boast closed captioning in English for the hearing impaired). As a bonus, this edition features a commentary track with director Frears, author/screenwriter Roddy Doyle, and producer Lynda Miles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Roddy Doyle's book The Snapper ends with a very young single mother in the hospital looking at her new baby. The mother makes a noise. Another patient in the room asks her if she is crying. No, she replies, "I'm laughing." The film version perfectly captures the bittersweet tone of the book. Colm Meaney's patriarch embodies the film's attitude. He is full of contradictions: humble, but proud; the king of the house, but easily silenced by his wife and daughter; a complete failure as a financial provider, but a loving and emotionally giving father. The early scenes of the film establish the rapport of the Curley clan with an economy and clarity that communicates how close they are. The effect of Sharon's pregnancy on the family, Sharon's friends, and Dessie's friends are related in tightly written scenes that deliver a laugh and a tear, usually simultaneously. The filmmakers smartly wait to reveal the father of the child until halfway through the movie, and then only to the audience, not to the other characters. This leads to some beautifully shaped scenes loaded with dramatic irony during the last half of the film. This was the middle book in Doyle's Barrytown trilogy. Where The Commitments was more funny than sad, and The Van more sad than funny, The Snapper dared to combine the two in equal measure. A bittersweet slice of Irish life, The Snapper contains very human characters brought to life with beautifully nuanced performances, writing, and direction.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0717951005229
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Feature commentary track with director Stephen Frears, screenwriter Roddy Doyle, and producer Lynda Myles; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colm Meaney Dessie Curley
Tina Kellegher Sharon Curley
Ruth McCabe Kay Curley
Fionnula Murphy Jackie
Pat Laffan George Burgess
Deirdre O'Brien Mary
Karen Woodley Yvonne
Eanna Mac Liam Craig Curley
Peter Rowen Sonny
Joanne Gerrard Lisa
Colm O'Byrne Darren
Ciara Duffy Kimberley
Brendan Gleeson Lester
Leo Davis Actor
Ronan Wilmot Paddy
Stuart Dunne Bertie
Dylan Tighe Boy 1
Stanley Townsend Anaesthetist
Joan Sheehy Woman in Hospital
Rynagh O'Grady Neighbour 1
Sheila Flitton Neighbour 2
Cathleen Delaney Oul'one
Jack Lynch Policeman
Britta Smith Woman in Police Station
Marie Conmee Barrytown Neighbour
Jimmy Keogh Barrytown Neighbour
Sandy Famine

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Davis Casting
Roddy Doyle Screenwriter
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Lynda Myles Producer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits: I Don't Know... For Sure [6:03]
2. "Where's Your Bump?" [6:57]
3. Pints, Poles and a Snapper on the Way [5:58]
4. Keeping the Peace [4:17]
5. "A Great Little Ride" [7:04]
6. The State of Burgess [8:41]
7. "Are You Alright, Sharon?" [5:26]
8. A Sailor's Cap [6:59]
9. "Give Us a Name" [5:48]
10. Waiting for Gratitude [2:33]
11. "Leave It on the Step" [11:20]
12. Educating Dessie [3:59]
13. Taking It Easy [5:10]
14. "The Contraptions Have Started!" [4:01]
15. A Big Push [4:24]
16. "A Small Turkey" [3:44]
17. End Credits [2:02]

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