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4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
Fans of Doyle are sure to enjoy this DVD. In the best traditions of European cinema, it was clearly made with a modest budget and there are no household names in the cast. It is all the better for that.
It stays very close to the original story, so won't upset folk who have already read the book. Perhaps the only thing missing is the desperation and pathos in the...
Published on 25 Oct 2008 by Neil Carmichael

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Van
Enjoyed spotting actors I recognised from other programmes including Brendan O.Carroll aka Mrs.Brown. Thats about as far as it goes.
Published 5 months ago by mistress14


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh, 25 Oct 2008
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Fans of Doyle are sure to enjoy this DVD. In the best traditions of European cinema, it was clearly made with a modest budget and there are no household names in the cast. It is all the better for that.
It stays very close to the original story, so won't upset folk who have already read the book. Perhaps the only thing missing is the desperation and pathos in the book, which don't come over as intensely in the film. A really good laugh, though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Van Missing 8 minutes of film, 10 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Van [DVD] (DVD)
Great film but this dvd is missing 8 minutes from the original dvd release. These 8 minutes are some of the best moments in the film. Ended up buying the film uncut from amazon france.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, the best film ever made about Ireland!, 18 Dec 2000
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This review is from: The Van [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
This movie is about pair of unemployed friends who take it upon themselves to buy a chipper van. This causes changes to the friendsip as the money starts to roll in (so much so that they can actually buy an engine for their van!)
It is a brilliant movie about friendship and about the way of life in areas of Dublin like Barrytown. By this I mean that many irish are so layed back they are horizontal!
One brilliant line that sums up Colm Meaney's character is when he remarks to his sons comment about his vegetarianism: "You can work with the burgers then, theirs ...-all meat in them!!"
It is a fantasticly funny film, that should be found in every video collection.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Roddy Doyle Film...A Must See, 26 Oct 2007
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This review is from: The Van [DVD] (DVD)
If you have heard or better seen the film The commitments then The Van is another Roddy Doyle must see film. One of the funnist irish films you will ever see. Great cast, fantastic story line and wonderful scenery to boot. A tipical Roddy Doyle that deserves no introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like the inside of a leper!, 13 Feb 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Van [DVD] (DVD)
The Van is directed by Stephen Frears and written by Roddy Doyle. It stars Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan and Caroline Rothwell. Music is by Eric Clapton and Richard Hartley and cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. It is the third film in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy, it was preceded by The Comittments and The Snapper. Plot sees Meaney and O'Kelly as best pals who after struggling with unemployment decide to do up an old fast food van and make a living out of selling burgers and chips. Initially it's a fulsome venture as the country is taken over mu football fervour during the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy, but it's not long before cracks begin to appear in the two friends' relationship.

Often raucous and very funny, with deft moments of human drama, The Van is an entertaining picture if one can get past the stereotypes. Meaney dominates proceedings, not just because of his acting gusto, but because he gets to shout all the best lines! The spectre of unemployment is given an assured telling by Frears, and the impact of Ireland's football team on the community is most telling, but there is barely enough material to cover the 100 minutes running time, meaning that entering the final stretch, as the story goes serious, it begins to run out of petrol. Still, the good will garnered during the best scenes in the van more than make it a safe recommendation for adults who like a bit of Oirish mirth. 7/10
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarity, 7 April 2008
This review is from: The Van [DVD] (DVD)
larry and his mate bimbo love their pints, larry hasnt worked in ages but insists he doesnt like doing nothing but bimbo is devastated to be let go from his job after 25 years. used to unemployment larry does his best to cheer up his best mate be it on the golf course or in the pub.

bimbos pay off from his job isnt what he wanted but they stagger through christmas and before long bimbo has bought a horrendous van and attempts to go into the chip van industry with larry as his partner. this was set around the time of italia 90 and with ireland in their first world cup bimbo and larry try to cash in and do so big time. as the world cup adventure sees ireland get to the quarter finals larry and bimbo rake in the money but soon their relationship becomes tainted.

larry hates bimbos wife and with bimbo bossing larry around and larry unhappy with this the relationship seems doomed. the purchase of an engine is then rendered useless when they serve one customer at the beach a battered nappy.

a night on the tiles does little to bring the two together again and soon nails are being driven into the coffin of their friendship. bimbo is unhappy that larry twice hired one of his kids without permission. larry also joined a union further annoying bimbo and after a horrendous visit fro mthe health board bimbo is faced with the heart breaking decision. does he bin the van for a life of unemployment or does he leave behind the best mate hes ever had?

although that may sound tragic, in truth the story behind this is just hilarious.

a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 19 Mar 2006
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This review is from: The Van [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
Roddy Doyle has the ability to capture the essence of the Irish view of life. His writing brings the pages to life and so like the commitments, the van is another classic installment. This film most definitely does the book justice through the excellent acting and as a result, the ability of the cast to capture the comedy displayed on every page written by Doyle.
well worth a look at, better still read the books!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very film have watched a few times now and ..., 10 July 2014
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a very film have watched a few times now and the price is a snip
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have film, 10 July 2014
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Very funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 July 2014
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Great service and product
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