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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

Cast

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

Crew

David Caffrey
Director
Robert Cooper
Producer
Colin Bateman
Screenwriter
Colin Bateman
Book Author
James Welland
Cinematographer
Adrian Johnston
Composer (Music Score)
Nick Moore
Editor
Tom McCullagh
Art Director
Frank Mannion
Co-producer
Georges Benayoun
Co-producer
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
Casting
Ros Hubbard
Casting
Jane Robertson
Line Producer
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