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The owner of a British nightclub attempts to do the impossible by coaxing a legendary Irish tenor out of retirement for a once-in-a-lifetime show in this engagingly quirky comedy. The owner, Mickey O'Neill, is particularly desperate to land a performance by the great Josef Locke, as his already questionable reputation was ruined when he booked an impostor claiming to be Locke. Now only providing a show by the real thing can make up for it. Trouble is, Locke fled England several decades before to avoid charges of tax evasion, and would face immediate arrest upon his return. Naturally, the comedy emerges from O'Neill's desperate attempts to convince Locke to participate in the scheme. Much of the film's charm comes from the presentation of eccentric but believable characters, particularly Locke himself -- a real historical figure given warm life by Ned Beatty, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for his performance. The film as a whole manages a similar balancing act between realism and comic fantasy, grounding even the less believable aspect of the narrative in strongly observed local color. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:December 27, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Adrian Dunbar Best Original Screenplay 1993 Nominee

Cast

Ned Beatty
as Josef Locke
Adrian Dunbar
as Mickey O'Neill
David McCallum
as Jim Abbott
Tara Fitzgerald
as Nancy Doyle
Shirley Ann Field
as Cathleen Doyle
William Hootkins
as Mr. X
James Nesbitt
as Fintan O'Donnell
Brian Hoey
as Mr. X
Bill Maynard
as Barry Haden
Harold Berens
as Benny Rose
John Dair
as Derek
Stephen Marcus
as Gordon
Terence Orr
as Receiver
Britta Smith
as Kitty Ryan
Gladys Sheehan
as Grandma Ryan
Gina Moxley
as Brenda Ryan
Norman Vaughan
as Himself
Phil Kelly
as Ronnie Lavelle
Jean Blanchflower
as Ronnie's Mum
Joe Cuddy
as Franc Cinatra
Ruaidhri Conroy
as Grandson Ryan
Aidan Grenell
as Compere
Donna McReady
as Young Cathleen
Terry David Mulligan
as Young Jo
Terry Adams
as Dressmaker
Bal Moane
as Brewery Man
Laurie Morton
as Molly
Brian McGrath
as Barman
Jim Mooney
as Drunk in Pub
Liam O'Callaghan
as Jo's Boy
Paddy Cole
as Jo's Boy
Maurice Blake
as Jo's Boy
Tony Morando
as Jo's Boy
Anna Manahan
as Mrs. McGlinchy
Tommy Lack
as Old Musician
Agnes Bernelle
as Receptionist
Mary McLeod
as Librarian
Pat Laffan
as 1st Taxi Driver
Constance Cowley
as Nurse
Frank Kelly
as 2nd Taxi Driver
David Beggs
as 3rd Taxi Driver
Vernon Midgley
as Josef Locke
Jimmy Keogh
as Jo's Boy
Marie Mullen
as Micky's Mum
Gladys Sheehan
as Grandma Ryan
Donna McReady
as Young Cathleen
Vernon Midgley
as Josef Locke
Tommy Lack
as Old Musician
Pat Laffan
as 1st Taxi Driver
John Dair
as Derek
Brian McGrath
as Barman
Gina Moxley
as Brenda Ryan
Terence Orr
as Receiver
Tony Morando
as Jo's Boy
Constance Cowley
as Nurse
Bill Maynard
as Barry Haden
Jimmy Keogh
as Jo's Boy
Joe Cuddy
as Franc Cinatra
Agnes Bernelle
as Receptionist
Terry Adams
as Dressmaker
Paddy Cole
as Jo's Boy
David Beggs
as 3rd Taxi Driver
Phil Kelly
as Ronnie Lavelle
Brian Hoey
as Mr. X
Laurie Morton
as Molly
Bal Moane
as Brewery Man
Anna Manahan
as Mrs. McGlinchy
Britta Smith
as Kitty Ryan
Stephen Marcus
as Gordon
Maurice Blake
as Jo's Boy
Mary McLeod
as Librarian
Jim Mooney
as Drunk in Pub
Liam O'Callaghan
as Jo's Boy
Harold Berens
as Benny Rose
Norman Vaughan
as Himself
Jean Blanchflower
as Ronnie's Mum
Aidan Grenell
as Compere
Ruaidhri Conroy
as Grandson Ryan
Terry David Mulligan
as Young Jo
Frank Kelly
as 2nd Taxi Driver

Crew

Peter Chelsom
Director
Alison Owen
Producer
Simon Fields
Producer
Russ Russell
Producer
Graham Bradstreet
Producer
David Brown
Producer
John Paul Chapple
Producer
Adrian Dunbar
Screenwriter
Peter Chelsom
Screenwriter
Sue Gibson
Cinematographer
Martin Walsh
Editor
Caroline Hanania
Production Designer
Katharine Naylor
Art Director
Lindy Hemming
Costume Designer
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