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The Snapper Details


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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:August 6, 1993


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Colm Meaney Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Nominee


Colm Meaney
as Dessie Curley
Tina Kellegher
as Sharon Curley
Ruth McCabe
as Kay Curley
Fionnula Murphy
as Jackie
Pat Laffan
as George Burgess
Deirdre O'Brien
as Mary
Karen Woodley
as Yvonne
Eanna Mac Liam
as Craig Curley
Peter Rowen
as Sonny
Colm O'Byrne
as Darren
Ciara Duffy
as Kimberley
Brendan Gleeson
as Lester
Jimmy Keogh
as Barrytown Neighbour
Rynagh O'Grady
as Neighbour 1
Joan Sheehy
as Woman in Hospital
Sheila Flitton
as Neighbour 2
Britta Smith
as Woman in Police Station
Marie Conmee
as Barrytown Neighbour
Stuart Dunne
as Bertie
Stanley Townsend
as Anaesthetist
Cathleen Delaney
as Oul'one
Jack Lynch
as Policeman
Ronan Wilmot
as Paddy
Leo Davis
Dylan Tighe
as Boy 1


Stephen Frears
Lynda Myles
Roddy Doyle
Book Author
Roddy Doyle
Oliver Stapleton
Mick Audsley
Mark Geraghty
Production Designer
Mark Shivas
Executive Producer
Consolata Boyle
Costume Designer
Leo Davis