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Intermission (2003)

Cillian Murphy , Kelly Macdonald , John Crowley  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Colm Meaney
  • Directors: John Crowley
  • Writers: Mark O'Rowe
  • Producers: Alan Moloney, Des Martin, John Erraught, Jonathan Sehring, Neil Jordan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7SOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Intermission" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

The rough-edged vitality of contemporary Irish filmmaking is readily apparent in Intermission, a deliriously ambitious black comedy in which 54 characters and 11 plotlines compete for consistently impressive screen-time. In a dazzling display of audacity, screenwriter Mark O'Rowe and first-time director John Crowley jump from one plot to another, tangling their characters in an infectious series of intersecting events, shifting from scenes of brutal violence, poignant compassion, and richly dark humor, and somehow managing to make it all fit together in a miraculously coherent tapestry of romance, crime, and authentic Dublin atmosphere. Colin Farrell and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alumnus Colm Meaney are the familiar stars here, and they're in peak form on native soil, but the entire cast shines in equal measure, all of them playing malcontents striving for something better in a world that's simultaneously harsh and hilarious. From start to finish, Intermission is so full of surprises that you'll want to see it twice, just to marvel at the way its puzzle fits together. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Fifty-four characters and eleven storylines intersect with "dazzling" (San Francisco Chronicle) results in this "raucously funny and compellingly gritty" (BBCi) comedy. An ingenious tale of small-town delinquents, shady cops and warring lovers reunited by a bizarre kidnapping plan, Intermission is a dark, edgy, "very funny study of love, lust and petty crime" (Sight & Sound)!

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and Love's Frustrations in the Irish Style. October 21, 2004
"Intermission" is a collection of intertwined story lines set in Dublin, Ireland, all somehow connected to the break-up, several weeks before, of two characters, Deirdre (Kelly MacDonald) and John (Cillian Murphy). Deirdre has found a new man, Sam (Michael McElhatton). John is regretting leaving her. John's best friend, Oscar (David Wilmot) is desperately seeking companionship, Deirdre's sister Sally (Shirley Henderson) is avoiding it. Sam's wife is furious. And an egotistical police officer, Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney), is pursuing career criminal Lehiff (Colin Farrell) and personal fame.

"Intermission"'s cast is a Who's Who of talented young Irish thespians, with a few Brits thrown in the mix. Quirky but somehow true-to-life Irish films about friends and family have somehow become a genre unto themselves. This is one of those. There's nothing surprising about "Intermission", but it does take enough unpredictable turns to keep it interesting. True to the genre, the characters aren't smart or even especially interesting on the face of it. But the dialogue is engaging. The situations are funny. These people's anxieties, neuroses, and disappointments ring true. Add a charismatic young cast, and you have a pretty entertaining movie.

The DVD: Bonus features include 2 deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. The deleted scenes are essentially redundant and not worth your time. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (4.5) Fun Irish romp August 31, 2004
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Saw this film playing at some second rate movie theater for around a dollar or so. And for the record, I love second rate movie theaters.

Im also becoming a fan of Cillian Murphy after watching him in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", am accustomed to seeing Colin Farrell here and there, remember seeing Shirley Henderson and Kelly MacDonald in "Trainspotting", and Colm Meaney usually plays interesting characters in all his films. I also drink lots of Guinness, so I figured I'd give this a try.

What I saw was a film based on multiple stories tied together by chance meetings, irony, stupidity, and just plain old luck. Each little scenario affected the entire picture in one way or another. This type of plot and storyline has been done many many times. Some films have had great success and fun with it ("Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", "Run Lola Run", for example) and some didnt really work, or had too much going on ("Happenstance"). Since the plot is more or less recycled and cliched, the film's success or failure depends mostly on the performances, the characters, and the crazy twists and turns.

With that said, this film was pretty enjoyable, silly at some points, but overall well done. The talent I mentioned above all acted well, especially Colin Farrell, who seemed to be really free and relaxed speaking...the way he normally speaks, I guess. The characters were also interesing enough to keep everything flowing smoothly. Irish accents are fun, too, even though once in a while a few lines of dialogue are nearly impossible to understand. I dont know an overly large amount about the Irish culture, but everything seemed basically believeable. I do listen to Clannad and go to pubs, though, so that earned me some points.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing October 19, 2004
I saw this film while living in Ireland, and it blew me away. Colin Farrell's performance is great, none of this pretty boy stuff, using his real accent and playing a really believable character from Dublin. The seperate story lines weave so effortlessly together. I think that some of the humor is more understandable if you have knowledge of Irish culture, but anyone can really get a kick out of this great film. I'm so glad it's out on DVD now! I've been waiting too long. Also, Shirley Henderson is amazing in this role, she is such a versatile actress.

By the way, some of the lads tried the brown sauce in tea, and it didn't turn out so good. I don't recommend it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 real-life, intertwined stories May 27, 2004
I've read elsewhere about people complaining of Intermission's "juvenile humor" and, yeah, there's certainly a fair bit of that. But that's overcome by the realness with which writer Mark O'Rowe and Director John Crowley have imbued these 11 intertwined stories that have been crashed together for a very enjoyable ride.
Performances of note:
Kelly Macdonald - I just finished being enchanted by her in the six-part BBC mini 'State of Play'. Adorable and talented (when I'm not perplexed by that Glaswegian accent).
Colin Ferrell - Turns on a dime in the film's opening shot; it's a stunner and it sets the pace for the entire movie. His riff on 'brown sauce in coffee' (see the movie to understand!) had me laughing for days (not an exaggeration)
Colm Meaney - Yet another film he walks away with. His self-conscious portrayal of street detective Jerry Lynch is a perfect mix of braggadocio, insecurity and (unknowing) humor. The little scene where 'Lynch' overturns a table in anger - but checks to see who's watching first - is a wonderful little touch by Meaney.
Cillian Murphy - Mesmerizing eyes. And the spoke that turns at least three of these stories.
...and many, many others (Shirley Henderson, for example, deserves some kudos too for a *very* unglamorous role).
Make sure you stick around for the credits to hear Colin Ferrell's raucous rendition of "I Fought the Law."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Move Me
I don't know... it wasn't good enough for me to try to translate the brogue. Interesting characters. Not much plot. Weak ending.
Published 16 days ago by Peter Capozzoli
5.0 out of 5 stars you know, Fainne, Rainneach, that kind of thing
I love watching this movie. It has the requsite soul.

And it features Rathfarham Shoppping Centre. Very Nice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill M
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not a good Colin Farrell Movie.
The story should have been called intersection but that's already been done, Some of the ugliest and normal looking people you'd not want to see in a movie. It's a story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dennyyoung
2.0 out of 5 stars No thanks!
I could barely make it through the first 15 minutes! I turned it off and watched something else instead. Not worth my time!
Published 2 months ago by J. Stinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Opens with violence; couldn't understand a word Collin Farrell Spoke
This film was a bit much and not in a good way. First off it opens with Collin Farrell talking and his accent is so thick that I could not understand a word he said and I have... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LRoberts
1.0 out of 5 stars How Could This Many Good Actors
make such a crappy film? If this is what Ireland is really like, I'm glad my ancestors emigrated :D It's just that this was a disappointing portrayal of life in Dublin. Read more
Published 5 months ago by robinbase
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Girl breaks up with. Guy plots revenge on girl. Guy and girl get back together in the end. Wacky characters with a slightly psycho Colin Farrell and a really bad little delinquent... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ruth
3.0 out of 5 stars colin is a great actor
the movie was ok, but I didn't like the ending. I don't like bad endings. Colin's role in the film seemed to be sincere
Published 6 months ago by sue dillmanws
2.0 out of 5 stars Good actors wasted in self-worshipping
Too much time spent inward in reckless avail and less time spent on the "big picture" of life. Flaky script.
Published 8 months ago by CAROL PETROU
1.0 out of 5 stars slow and boring
This show did not add anything good to my life. Boring. Slow Think this story line has been played out in other shows. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LisaC
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