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The Van [VHS] (1997)

Colm Meaney , Donal O'Kelly , Stephen Frears  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell, Neilí Conroy
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Roddy Doyle
  • Producers: Lynda Myles, Mark Shivas, Mary Alleguen, Roddy Doyle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: October 21, 1997
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0793962587
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie November 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I guess Leonard Maltin just didn't get it. This is a fitting conclusion to Roddy Doyle's Dublin trilogy, following The Commitments and The Snapper. It is in the same class as those two classics in the way that it portrays life in working class Dublin warts and all, with no excuses. Colm Meaney (Larry) and Donal O'Kelly (Bimbo) play two out-of-work regular guys who invest in a "chipper" van to earn some money but mostly to regain some of their self-respect. Neither of the main characters is entirely likeable all the time, but I wouldn't be either if I were out of work. Whether or not the friendship between the two men can survive is the heart of the story. As in all three of the movies in the series, The Van uses mostly unknown actors to tell its simple story of regular people playing the hand they were dealt. If you are a football (soccer) fan, you'll savor the scenes from the 1990 World Cup as seen through the eyes of the rabid Irish fans. As he did in The Snapper, director Stephen Frears has expertly captured the look and feel of Dublin and given us characters to care about. Rent this one and see for yourself, and hope that the video becomes available for a more reasonable price.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am not writing a review. Believe me when I tell you this is a very funny and charming film.
My point is that Roddy Doyle wrote a trilogy-the snapper/the committments/the van
the committments were great and are being rereleaseed for the the 2nd time (3 in all)
the snapper is hilarious and is constantly being played on television, besides being available on DVD
The Van is perhaps the funniest or at least deserves to be releasesed on DVD for all movie fans! even for the non-irish, including myself
I am writing this on Amazon because this is where I purchase my hard to find DVD's
this flick must be released on DVD, Irish , English, Americans, etc we will all purchase the Van- because it is worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't compare books and movies. June 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This has got to be released on DVD. No question.
It's part of a trilogy, it'll complete many Roddy Doyle fans collections and it is damn good!
Some people have criticised the movie for not being as funny as the book -well duh! Books are almost always better, because you use your own imagination! Did Trainspotting live up to the book, not in my opinion -but millions still loved the movie.
Forget those comments about not bothering with this movie, it carries on where The Snapper left off 3 years previously.
If you liked The Snapper, do yourself a favour and get this movie when it goes to DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny comedy... August 11, 2004
By Harry
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed this movie very much, it had me laughing. Colm Meaney is excellent in this movie, and delivers some of the best lines which made me shoot soda out of my nose. It is a movie I would love to add to my DVD collection, so I hope the release it soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see movie, needs to be released on DVD September 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is an amazing movie, the third movie in the film version of the Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments and The Snapper). Colm Meaney shines as usual. The only bad thing about this movie is that it has not been released on DVD yet. Hopefully it will be released on DVD soon!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the DVD? Try Cable April 4, 2005
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I just watched this for the first time in a few years and laughed aloud once again. As a pure comedy and portrait of Irish life just prior to the Celtic Tiger '90's, this film is unbeatable. A great "fillum". Something interesting:

I was in the mood to see The Van and The Snapper again (having just rented The Commitments at my local Blockbuster) and was lamenting the fact that they are so hard to find. My local rare-release rental shop, Movie Madness, is the only place I was sure of finding them. However, having just got the Tivo-style DVR from Comcast Cable I decided to do a search for The Snapper and The Van without much hope of success. I was amazed to find both films immediately on HBO channels and was saved a trip to the video store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole different and much better "buddy" flick! November 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Pay no attention to Leonard Maltin's views of this movie. If you read and enjoyed Doyle's "Barrytown Trilogy", and watched and enjoyed the movies "The Commitments" and "The Snapper", you'll enjoy this one as well. Perfectly conveys the story with Meaaney a loveable sod. In my opinion, it was the best movie of 1996.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great working stiff movie! February 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
First off, I didn't know this was part of a trilogy, so this is coming from the standpoint of someone who has only watched the Van. With that out of the way I have to say this was a GREAT film. It was hilarious and heart warming in the fact that it deals with working stiffs. The fact that it is set in Dublin only adds to the charm of this film because of all the acents and colorful language. If you are looking for a great down to earth film then this is for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Classic fun. Colm Meaney at his comic best. It's right up there with The Snapper. Recommended for a good laugh.
Published 2 months ago by S. McNamara
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Thr trials, tribulations, squabbles and reconciliation of two best friends, Who buy a broken down chipper van -- an Irish food truck -- and rehabilitate it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny with substance
I lived in Dublin for a while and thought this was a really great portrayal of the working class Irish. Colm Meany is always excellent and this was no exception. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Velina Lujan
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it years ago
I enjoyed it the second time through. I had to listen carefully to catch the accents. I am a Star Trek fan and really like Colm Meaney.
Published 19 months ago by J Nymph
5.0 out of 5 stars the van
Hilarious and uplifting, great Irish humor. Bimbo and Larry at the modern working men we want to believe in. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zombique
3.0 out of 5 stars The Van-again
I've seen this movie before and though it's not in my top favorites, its a small town Irish story (where all the men are on the "dole") and are looking for a way to be... Read more
Published 22 months ago by John K
1.0 out of 5 stars Roddy Doyle Ruined
Simply, read the book. The book is a triumph of modern-Irish humour. The film is crap!
Published on January 16, 2004 by MIchael Colgan
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie of the best book in The Barrytown Trilogy
"The Van" is one of my favorite books, but I really disliked this movie. So much of what made the book good is gone: for example, the character of Sharon could have... Read more
Published on August 27, 2000
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