Snapper

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Overview

The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon Tina Kellegher announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie Colm Meaney, is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the movie, simultaneously ...
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Overview

The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon Tina Kellegher announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie Colm Meaney, is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the movie, simultaneously funny and sad. The family waits in the hospital as Sharon gives birth to the snapper Irish slang for an infant. The other books in the Barrytown Trilogy were also adapted into films featuring Colm Meaney as the father: The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, and The Van, directed by Stephen Frears. Doyle had a hand in the screenplay for all three.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 031398139171
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,512

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
Marie Conmee Barrytown Neighbour
Leo Davis
Cathleen Delaney Oul'one
Stuart Dunne Bertie
Sheila Flitton Neighbour 2
Jimmy Keogh Barrytown Neighbour
Jack Lynch Policeman
Rynagh O'Grady Neighbour 1
Sandy Famine
Joan Sheehy Woman in Hospital
Britta Smith Woman in Police Station
Dylan Tighe Boy 1
Stanley Townsend Anaesthetist
Ronan Wilmot Paddy
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Audio Commentary
      Audio Commentary by Stephen Frears, Roddy Doyle, and Lynda Myles: On
      Audio Commentary by Stephen Frears, Roddy Doyle, and Lynda Myles: Off
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      Blow Dry
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      Chocolat
      Stiff Upper Lips
      Next Stop Wonderland
      My Life So Far
      Muriel's Wedding
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That song

    For Brian Larkin The song is by Lick the Tins and can found on the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack. This is a terrific movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Irish Humour!!

    I would like to know where I can get my hands on a copy of the soundtrack to this fabulous movie as I love the cover version at the very start of the movie of the Elvis track 'Can't Help Falling In Love'

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