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Divorcing Jack Details


On the eve of near-future Northern Ireland's first general election, well-marketed reformer Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay), a shoo-in for prime minister, has newspaper columnist Dan Starkey's dander up. Working the election beat alongside visiting Boston Globe writer Charles Parker (Richard Gant), Starkey (David Thewlis) watches his pointed barbs slide off Brinn's Teflon-coated backside. Drowning his troubles in drink in a Belfast park, Starkey invites beautiful art student Margaret (Laura Fraser) to a friend's party, unaware of her ties to both the IRA and to Brinn's political party. When Starkey's wife (Laine Megaw) catches him canoodling with Margaret, she kicks Starkey out and he ends up in Margaret's bed. When the girl turns up mortally wounded a mere day later, mouthing the words "divorcing Jack" just before her death rattle, Starkey finds himself a suspect in the murder. Donning a ridiculous wig and going on the lam, he must fend off a nationwide manhunt while tracing the connection between Margaret's death and the upcoming election. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, this British/French co-production marked director David Caffrey's feature debut. Irish writer Colin Bateman adapted his own novel, one of several to feature Starkey as a protagonist. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


David Thewlis
as Dan Starkey
Rachel Griffiths
as Lee Cooper
Robert Lindsay
as Michael Brinn
Jason Isaacs
as Cow Pat Keegan
Laura Fraser
as Margaret
Richard Gant
as Charles Parker
Bronagh Gallagher
as Taxi Driver
Christine Bleakley
as Radio Newsreader
George Shane
as Woods
Alec Fennell
as Radio Newsreader
Patrick Duncan
as Waiter
Paddy Rocks
as Mad Dog
Derek Halligan
as Frankie
Barbara Adair
as Old Woman
Dick Holland
as Crony
Katie Tumelty
as Reporter
Adam Black
as Young Starkey
Brendan McNally
as Postal
Chris Buckler
as Radio Newsreader
Sean Caffrey
as Joe
Stephen Nolan
as Radio Newsreader
Gerard Quinn
as Pizza Shop Boy
John Linehan
as Announcer
B.J. Hogg
as Billy McCoubrey
Kitty Aldridge
as Agnes Brinn
Dale Kirkpatrick
as Robert Brinn
Birdy Sweeney
as Lift Attendant
Ian McElhinney
as Alfie Stewart
Laine Megaw
as Patricia
Alison Black
as Radio Newsreader
Brian Devlin
as Dans' work mate
Simon Magill
as Starkey's Brother
Alan McKee
as Mouse
James Duran
as Hood
Thomas Hourican
as Sod
Robert Cooper
as Civil Servant


David Caffrey
Robert Cooper
Colin Bateman
Book Author
Colin Bateman
James Welland
Adrian Johnston
Composer (Music Score)
Nick Moore
Tom McCullagh
Art Director
Frank Mannion
Georges Benayoun
Chris Craib
Executive Producer
Stephen Woolley
Executive Producer
Nik Powell
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Pam Tait
Costume Designer
Mervyn Moore
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Soan
First Assistant Director
John Hubbard
Ros Hubbard
Jane Robertson
Line Producer