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EVERLASTING PIECE - DVD Movie

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It's hard to believe that a movie about two hairpiece salesmen in war-torn Northern Ireland--a comedy, no less--could work at all, but An Everlasting Piece does work, though perhaps not in the way one would expect. Colm (Barry McEvoy, who also wrote the screenplay) is a new barber at a mental institution and bonds with his fellow barber George (Brian F. O'Byrne) even though Colm is Catholic and George is Protestant. A new patient arrives, who turns out to have been the owner of the only wig company in all of Northern Ireland. Figuring that having a monopoly means easy money, Colm and George convince the new patient to give them his client list, and they're off on a series of rambling comic adventures, aided by Colm's girlfriend Bronagh (Anna Friel, A Midsummer Night's Dream). But when a wig is found at the site of an act of IRA sabotage, the salesmen's lives get suddenly complicated. What makes An Everlasting Piece work is not that it ignores the Irish conflict, but that it pays close attention to it; in fact, the tension of civil strife is a crucial element of the movie's humor, allowing it to dip into a more serious mood without becoming preachy or pretentious. The actors are uniformly excellent; Friel is particularly charming. A comedy about wigs sounds like goofy slapstick; An Everlasting Piece is actually thoughtful and richly human. Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog). --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Barry McEvoy, Brían F. O'Byrne, Anna Friel, Pauline McLynn, Ruth McCabe
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry McEvoy
  • Producers: Barry Levinson, Blair Daily, James Flynn, Jerome O'Connor, Lou DiGiaimo Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Everlasting Piece" on IMDb

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Claire on December 25, 2000
This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I saw it when it was released at the Virginia Film Festival this past Fall & I LOVED it! We got to hear the writer, Barry, talk about starring in his own movie & the filming process - he's such a cool guy & I hope he gets some great deals after this first, fabulous, performance! The most incredible part about this film was the setting of Northern Ireland. My family had two Irish children stay with us one summer & they talked about living in such an intense atmosphere. This film made that tension apparent - but all the while there was a very comedic, human side that came alive & was truly endearing! I just can't say enough positive things about "An Everlasting Piece". I loved it & I really hope this movie is a success!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald T. McCoy on November 25, 2003
Format: DVD
Having spent quite some time over the past 25 years or so visiting friends and relations in Northern Ireland, my reactions to films that deal with the place run along a continuum of "Dead Awful-Dead On." This film takes a silly little idea and winds it up into a metaphor for all those people who attempted to carry on with their lives, surrounded by and in spite of The Troubles. It's loaded with inside jokes that those who attempt to bridge the divide will recognize and respond to immediately. I absolutely love this film, which tells us more about the people of Northern Ireland than all the useless politicians combined. Besides, this is one very funny film. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elvis on February 1, 2001
Over all I thought it was an entertaining and enjoyable film. Very well written. Hats of to McEvoy. I did how ever feel the film lacked a little in the direction. In my humble opinon I feel the film ran a little slow. And it would have been nice to see Dreamworks put a little of it's impressive movie muscle behind this small flick. A good view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2001
Even if I weren't obsessed with Northern Irish politics, I still would have enjoyed this movie. It's very human and sweet and cleverly written. I can't wait to buy it for myself. My ridiulous knowledge of N. Ireland helped me to get some jokes that others won't, but no worries, it's funny even if you know nothing about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Mara on January 27, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I rented this almost by accident, simply choosing it at my local store because it looked cute. I was simply wiped out. The subject matter, the portayals, the depth and breadth of this movie, along with the soundtrack, just knocked me out. Being Irish American, this movie touched me in ways that very few movies ever do, and I was dumbfounded as to why it wasn't trumpeted as a major accomplishment when it was released. This has instantly become one of my favorite movies of all time, and to anyone that loves a sweet, smart comedy or a deeply touching study of friendship and loyalty, and ESPECIALLY anyone who has any interest in the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland, I tell you this: You MUST own this movie. And tell all of your friends as well. This is a precise shining gem of a movie, do not miss it. I truly love this movie, could you tell? Trust me on this, get it. Slan go foill!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robyn on October 15, 2005
Format: DVD
being from northern ireland and understanding the impact of the troubles and sectarianism i found this lighthearted comedy a great movie to watch and i laughed the whole way through. the belfast dialect means that some people who dont understand would be left out in the dark, some of the terms used might not be understood to some while to others it will piece the whole movie together. The movie shows how the majority of people from here can take the mick out of the situation, and how even though a it can be serious situation we still keep our humours intact. Typical funny dark northern irish humour the whole way through.. Fantastic film even if ur not from NI, but even better if you are!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I stumbled on this video at the library and checked it out simply because I was attracted to the picture of a wig sitting on the earth. I'm so glad I did. An Everlasting Piece skillfully weaves the conflict in Northern Ireland with the story of two friends who set out to run a hair piece business. Although a few scenes are a bit pointless and seem to have been added simply to make Colm's family appear eccentric--the mother with the knickers on her head, the naked boy on the couch--these scenes are so charming that you forgive their irrelevance. As an Irish American, I found the scenes that focused on the troubles to be particularly poignant. I highly recommend this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lloyd on August 7, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An Everlasting Piece is a great Irish comedy about two men living in Northern Ireland. One is a Protestant and the other a Catholic. They start out as barbers at a prison, and quickly learn that the man who used to have the monopoly on hairpieces in Northern Ireland is in jail there, after having gone nuts and scalped a number of people. I'd rather not give away the rest of the movie, but it is extremely enjoyable, and has great humor. If you're not used to hearing people from Ireland speak, it may be a little difficult to understand. I recommend this movie if you enjoyed "Saving Grace" and "Waking Ned Divine."
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