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on 24 April 2016
Very good
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on 24 June 2014
Seen this before absolutely must see, hysterical family are crazy but united even in crisis, an absolute must see brilliant
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on 4 August 2012
Great dvd very funny, Roddy Doyle is a great writer and I have yet to read a book by him that was not funny. This film captures the real working class Dubs.
5 Stars for sure.
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on 26 April 2017
Fist saw this film back in the 90's. So funny :)
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on 30 March 2017
Love this DVD came very fast! Very happy
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on 14 December 2003
The Snapper is perhaps the best Irish Comedy to have ever hailed from the shores of this tiny Island. Not only are the characters fully developed, interesting, intruiging, loving and human - they are unforgettably watchable. This is a movie that you can watch over and over and over and still never tire of it! What differs the most about this Irish movie compared to others is that the main focus of the film is not the 'Irishness' or 'Oirishness' of the characters, in fact (thankfully) we are not subjected to the usual bias cultural discourse we usuall have to endure when viewing Irish movies (usually made by foreigners... about 'being Irish'), no, instead (thank God!) this film is based on a Universal theme - an unplanned pregnancy! The Script is at times hilarious, but always realistic and sympathetic. Colm Meany's relationship with his daughter (played by Tina Kelleher) is tangibly real and magnetic. The Kids are great too, in particular Joanne Gerrard as the disgruntled Teenage daugheter with wojus fashion sense, but of all the Kids it's Colm O'Byrne who really shines as the hilarious youngest 'ungrateful' Brother. This is a must see!!
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Soon after a wild night at the pub, twenty-year-old Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) finds herself expecting a little "snapper" by a man she loathes. Her refusal to name the father sets in motion a family drama involving her three brothers, two sisters, and her parents, along with her employers and all her friends. Kellegher, playing the role as a coarse, earthy, yet remarkably sensible young woman (with the exception of her excessive drinking during her pregnancy) soon discovers who her friends really are, as some people tease and torment her, some make remarks to her siblings, some force her father to take direct action in her defense, and all spread gossip.
Des Curley (Colm Meaney), Sharon's father, shows the whole world in his face, his emotions ranging from outrage toward Sharon for embarrassing the family to tender concern as her time draws near. As the eight-member family trips all over each other emotionally (ironically symbolized in their battles for the one bathroom, often occupied by Sharon), the tensions within the family grow more intense. Widespread speculation about who the father is disrupts the neighborhood, with some hotheads visiting their own brand of justice on the Curleys. The arrival of the baby offers a chance at resolution.
Often very funny and equally often very touching, the film features actors who do not act like actors, appearing to be grounded in the very neighborhood they inhabit in the film. With the pub as social center, we see the characters' lifestyles and mores--their attitudes toward sex and childbirth, their "escapes" from the workday, their daily amusements and sense of humor, and their lack of concern with the dogma of the church.
The second in Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy, after The Commitments, this film like The Van, which follows, features author Roddy Doyle writing his own screenplay, Stephen Frears as director, Oliver Stapleton as cinematographer, and actor Colm Meaney (playing the father Des, here) as the emotional bridge among the characters, appearing in all three films and giving a sense of continuity among them. Set in north Dublin in a lower working class neighborhood where many families spend their whole lives, the film shows the reliance on humor when life might otherwise be too tragic to handle. Mary Whipple
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on 12 April 2000
Colm Meaney is breathtaking in this movie which brings tears of laughter while being faithful to the real stuff of life. Its a wonderful tale of family values ...the Irish Waltons dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday disfunctionality with humour and love.
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on 17 October 2010
Talk to anyone about the Barrytown Trilogy, anyone remotely in the know will always talk about "The Commitments" first.

However, for me, the snapper is the definitive highlight. colm meaney's performance alone makes this film an absolute joy to watch as his rampaging Da character has fights in bars, screams and swears about Georgy Burgess and his childish sulks with Sharon and Kay had me in stitches.

Tina kellegher is also magnificent as the shamed and ridiculed sharon. Her relationship with the two main men in the film; the Da and George Burgess is absolutely hilarious.

All in all, just fantastic viewing and I strongly recommend to anyone who likes a good deep belly laugh.
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"The Snapper," (1993), a comedy directed by Stephen Frear (My Beautiful Laundrette [DVD] [1985]), began life as a television movie, but was quickly judged to be worth being better-known: and so was given theatrical release. It was nominated for a Golden Globe, and still deserves to be better-known. The script was written by Irish author Roddy Doyle, based on his own book of the same name. It's the second of his The Barrytown Trilogy: "The Commitments", "The Snapper" and "The Van", coming after the well-known, successful The Commitments (Special Edition) [DVD] [1991], and before the equally-funny The Van [DVD] [1996] It's set in a working-class Dublin neighborhood, and concerns the Curleys, a large, boisterous family. Now, I'd have to admit I've no first-hand experience of Irish working class families, or neighborhoods, and nobody we meet in this picture is any candidate for sainthood -- neighbors and family are nosy, and can be cruel-- but the picture's funny as all get-out. It's got wit to burn, and hearing the way the Irish use the English language adds greatly to its brilliant charm.

It was filmed on location in Dublin, and the locations are fairly accurately used; furthermore, it appears to provide a fairly accurate portrait of the early 90's city. The film stars Colm Meaney (best known as Chief Miles O'Brien on "Star Trek") as Dessie Curley, father of the family. It's almost inevitable: you've got to say this is the role he was born to play, giving him a chance to use acting chops that "Star Trek" sure doesn't. Meaney must have known practically from birth that his "everyman" face didn't give him a shot at romantic leads: but comic leads, ahh now. Ruth McCabe, My Left Foot [DVD] [1989] nimbly plays his wife; and Tina Kellegher, Sharon, the eldest daughter, who sets off the action by announcing that she's pregnant, and stubbornly refusing to divulge the baby's father. Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges [DVD] [2008]) provides sturdy support.

Warning to the politically correct: you may wince at scenes of the pregnant Sharon drinking and smoking heavily, but that's the kind of girl she is, in no danger of turning vegetarian. Loosen your stays, forget your strictures, and enjoy her wit.
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