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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
UPC: 0066805308550
Original Release: 2006
Source: Bfs Entertainment
Time: 1:29:00

Special Features

Cast profiles; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew MacFadyen Reverend Gabriel Hunter
Daniel Mays Jim
Eva Birthistle Actor
Gerard McSorley Actor
Richard Dormer Actor
David Wilmot Actor
Mick Lally Actor
Sorcha Cusack Actor
David Herlihy Actor
Frankie McCafferty Actor
Bronagh Gallagher Actor
Charlene McKenna Actor
Marie Jones Actor
Lalor Roddy Actor
Tyrone McKenna Actor
Debbie Wiseman Conductor

Technical Credits
Brian Kirk Director
Tony Aherne Asst. Director
Mary Alleguen Production Manager
Kay Brown Art Director
Kevin Byrne Special Effects
Mark Byrne Co-producer
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
Adrian McCarthy Executive Producer
Brendan 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

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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