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Kings

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Editorial Reviews

WINNER OF 5 IRISH ACADEMY AWARDS

"Striking... sincere" – The Boston Globe

"Involving tale" – Variety

"wrenching... brilliant... painfully beautiful." – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Powerful... terrific... Kings may be the best Irish-language feature" – The Irish Times

They came to live the dream and return home as...KINGS

Fresh-faced and ambitious, a close-knit team of six young men sailed away from Ireland in 1977 with dreams of a better life. Thirty years later, they reunite at the wake after one of them suddenly dies. Hardened by years of disappointment and drink, they quickly realize that their bonds of friendship have weakened, provoking regret, jealousy and tension. As they reveal their guilty feelings about their dead friend and their past, they are confronted with the bitter reality of their lives – and the appalling truth of their friend’s death.

Language: Irish Gaelic and English with English Subtitles

Special Features: Cast & Crew Interviews / Theatrical Trailer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley, Barry Barnes
  • Directors: Tom Collins
  • Writers: Tom Collins, Jimmy Murphy
  • Producers: Tom Collins, Des Martin, Jackie Larkin, Michael Casey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ADXX1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kings" on IMDb

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This contains the best acting I have seen in an Irish film in many years. It is a reworking of a play, and the adaptation preserves all the intensity and intimacy which is usual within a theatre production. It is a dark, brooding and menacing work which does not belong in the category of light entertainment, but rather, a higher art. If you are prepared to go on the journey, you will find it has rewards. But be warned that there is no compromise here to easy access for English only speakers - it is predominantly in Irish with English subtitles. If you like the theatre, you should find this a real treat. Forget Hollywood, or indeed Fair City, this contains the best ensemble acting by an Irish cast since the best of the Roddy Doyle films.
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This a movie not to be missed. Powerful...pure and simple. Brings us on a journey thru the eyes of men who wanted it all when they were younger and then shows us what they have years later...or lack of what they have years later. It is in the Irish language so you need to watch subtitles but that only adds to the atmosphere of the movie.

Again powerful!!
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I love the Irish language. I only have a working vocabulary of about 30 words but I love every one of them! And I love to listen to spoken Irish.

Don't get much opportunity in the USA, do I?

Frankly, I only bought this movie because it's in Irish and for that reason alone I'm glad I did. But it is really a VERY fine film! The acting is extraordinary, there's no one in it who isn't excellent beyond any reasonable expectation -- they're AMAZING! And -- I don't know what the writer and director and producers intended -- but to me, it is a compassionate and yet completely unrelenting presentation of the price a people group will pay for accepting a culture of alcohol addiction.

The story takes place in the present day, showing the current lives of five men of Connemara who emigrated to London as youngsters, for work. All of their lives have been influenced by addiction in one way or another, to greater and lesser degrees of devastation. The film isn't without hope, nor without the possibility of restoration, but it doesn't pull any punches either.

I like it very very much and I'm glad I invested. BTW: The Irish is GREAT!!
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I bought this because it was in Irish. I thought it was very cleverly done; the main spoken language is Irish but they're in England, and the viewer understanding was supported by visuals such as newspaper headlines, signs etc. as well as the English people speaking English. Great blend of both languages. A kind of depressing story line on the surface, but very realistic and powerful, and very, very well done. Thoroughly enjoyed this. A great work.
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Colm Meaney ("Star Trek") stars in "Kings," a remarkable Irish drama (primarily spoken in Gaelic with English subtitles) about coming to terms with death and life's disappointments. However, Meaney is really one among many fine Irish actors in this complex ensemble piece (winner of five Irish Academy Awards) that manages to transcend the sum of its parts.

Like many modern European films, "Kings" starts out slowly and a bit confusingly in the middle of the story, as characters are introduced without any context. Despite this slow start, the film gradually builds into a story of startling emotional honesty. The story concerns a group of young friends who in 1977 emigrate from Northern Ireland to London, where they take construction jobs in hopes of escaping poverty back home. Years later, in 2007, one of them dies and his father travels to London to bring the body home. Reunited for the funeral, the now-distant friends gradually come together in a painful and powerful nightlong wake where old wounds gradually surface and are reconciled.

Essentially, this is a melancholy Irish movie about a group of friends who come together to fulfill their Catholic duty (corporal work of mercy) to bury the dead. The dramatic highpoint of the film is its extended "Irish wake" sequence in an old Irish bar, where alcohol and emotional honesty lead to several deep self-revelations and painful confrontations among the friends. But it's also a story about the failed dreams and disappointments of the immigrant experience in a new land, where the displaced persons never feel entirely at home.
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From its opening seconds, this film is remarkable, though wrenching and difficult. It is a pleasure to hear the Irish spoken, and Rosin Elsafty's singing is a gorgeous touch. It is "must" viewing for anyone interested in the lives and dreams of emigrants.
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I knew nothing about this film -- found it online -- and it is quite remarkable. Based on a stage play, with I gather, all the original cast (except Colm Meany?), it has been translated to film with intelligence and deep feeling. It was my first time to watch a film that is almost entirely in Irish (with English subtitles), and the story is both wrenching and touching. It does, as one of the actors says in the special feature section, which should most definitely be watched, speak to the issue of emmigrants/immigrants from any country. Beautifully done.
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