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Divorcing Jack (1998)





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On the eve of near-future Northern Ireland's first general election, well-marketed reformer Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay), a shoo-in for prime minister, has newspaper columnist Dan Starkey's dander up. Working the election beat alongside visiting Boston Globe writer Charles Parker (Richard Gant), Starkey (David Thewlis) watches his pointed barbs slide off Brinn's Teflon-coated backside. Drowning his troubles in drink in a Belfast park, Starkey invites beautiful art student Margaret (Laura Fraser) to a friend's party, unaware of her ties to both the IRA and to Brinn's political party. When Starkey's wife (Laine Megaw) catches him canoodling with Margaret, she kicks Starkey out and he ends up in Margaret's bed. When the girl turns up mortally wounded a mere day later, mouthing the words "divorcing Jack" just before her death rattle, Starkey finds himself a suspect in the murder. Donning a ridiculous wig and going on the lam, he must fend off a nationwide manhunt while tracing the connection between Margaret's death and the upcoming election. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, this British/French co-production marked director David Caffrey's feature debut. Irish writer Colin Bateman adapted his own novel, one of several to feature Starkey as a protagonist. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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David Thewlis
as Dan Starkey
Rachel Griffiths
as Lee Cooper
Robert Lindsay
as Michael Brinn
Jason Isaacs
as Cow Pat Keegan
Laura Fraser
as Margaret
Richard Gant
as Charles Parker
Bronagh Gallagher
as Taxi Driver
Laine Megaw
as Patricia
Kitty Aldridge
as Agnes Brinn
Adam Black
as Young Starkey
Simon Magill
as Starkey's Brother
Brian Devlin
as Dans' work mate
Birdy Sweeney
as Lift Attendant
Katie Tumelty
as Reporter
Ian McElhinney
as Alfie Stewart
B.J. Hogg
as Billy McCoubrey
Gerard Quinn
as Pizza Shop Boy
Dale Kirkpatrick
as Robert Brinn
Jonathan Collier
as Robert Brinn
Phillip Young
as FTP Skinhead
Danny Kelly
as Space Hopper Man
Frank Mannion
as Finbar Kelly
Colin Murphy
as Giblet O'Gibber
John Linehan
as Announcer
Barbara Adair
as Old Woman
Paddy Rocks
as Mad Dog
Norman Hagan
as Balaclava
John Keegan
as Father Flynn
Robert Cooper
as Civil Servant
Alison Black
as Radio Newsreader
Alec Fennell
as Radio Newsreader
Christine Bleakley
as Radio Newsreader
Stephen Nolan
as Radio Newsreader
Chris Buckler
as Radio Newsreader
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Funny black comedy about a journalist Dan Starkey who has a fling with a girl who is then murdered. He is being hunted by everyone for the murder as she was the daughter of a policitan. He sets out to find her murderer to clear his name. Set against the backdrop of the political scene in Northern Ireland, it is satirical, irreverent (with a nun-o-gram striper) and ultimately about love (Dan's wife is accused of murder and then kidnapped).

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