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An Everlasting Piece (2000)

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Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig ... See full summary »

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Barry McEvoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry McEvoy ... Colm
Brían F. O'Byrne ... George
Anna Friel ... Bronagh
Pauline McLynn ... Gerty
Ruth McCabe ... Mrs. O'Neill
Laurence Kinlan ... Mickey
Billy Connolly ... Scalper
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Mr. Black
Colum Convey Colum Convey ... IRA Man
Ian Cregg Ian Cregg ... Milker
David Pearse ... Comrade
Seamus Ball Seamus Ball ... Mr. Duggan
Enda Oates ... Detective
Des Braiden ... Vicar
George Shane George Shane ... Billy King
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Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig salesman, known as the Scalper, to sell them his leads, the two embark on a series of house calls--always in neighborhoods that are dangerous for one or the other partner. Then they find out they may lose their exclusive wig distributorship to competitors. Through a series of comic twists, the pair are given large orders for wigs by both sides of the Protestant/Catholic conflict. Should they compromise their principles in order to keep their business? Will it destroy their friendship? Could one of their wigs in the hands of the IRA actually put one or both of them in jail or even get them killed? Written by Miles Fowler

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Taglines:

Piece on Earth.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pile poil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,128, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,078, 14 January 2001
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Jerome O'Connor filed a $10 million lawsuit against DreamWorks for effectively burying the film so as not to offend the British government. DreamWorks head Steven Spielberg was rumored to receive an honor from The Queen but a wide release of the film (which lampoons the UK government's treatment of Northern Ireland) would have scuppered that. Consequently the film was released in just 6 cinemas - and Spielberg got his honor. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Black: [angry] Look, I told you: I don't know who you've been talking to but he's a fucking liar! You'll find no herpes here!
Colm: [surprised] Herpes?
Mr. Black: That's what you said.
George: No sir.
[points to his head]
George: Hair pieces.
Mr. Black: Oh. I thought you said 'herpes'.
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Connections

Features Stop Making Sense (1984) See more »

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Under Pressure (with Queen)
Performed by David Bowie
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If you miss the point you won't enjoy the movie
1 December 2003 | by ruddy_jimSee all my reviews

An Everlasting Piece is a funny, witty and at times dark movie based on the escapades of a Protestant and Catholic barber who team up to take over the toupee market of Northern Ireland. If you look for deeper meaning in this movie you will find important moral lessons and some insight into the nature of conflict in general. There are dozens of quotable lines present, Billy Connolly has some real gems.

Having never been to Northern Ireland, I believe this movie has given me some limited insight into 1980's Belfast. Most of the main characters are Catholic-Irish, and the film does seem slightly sympathetic to that side. If you are looking for more information on the atmosphere and troubles in N. Ireland I recommend reading Bad Blood, by Colm Toibin.

The plot is fine 6/10 The humour is great 9/10 The dramatic element is good 7/10 Overall I'd give 7.5/10


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