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The Van (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Barrytown, Bimbo is a baker who loses his job after being made redundant. Bimbo then acquires the help of his best friend, Larry, to set up a successful burger van.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Roddy Doyle (novel), Roddy Doyle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Larry
Donal O'Kelly Donal O'Kelly ... Bimbo
Ger Ryan ... Maggie
Caroline Rothwell Caroline Rothwell ... Mary
Neilí Conroy Neilí Conroy ... Diane
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Kevin
Brendan O'Carroll ... Weslie
Stuart Dunne Stuart Dunne ... Sam
Jack Lynch Jack Lynch ... Cancer
Laurie Morton Laurie Morton ... Maggie's Mum
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Vera
Jon Kenny Jon Kenny ... Gerry McCarthy
Moses Rowen Moses Rowen ... Glenn
Linda McGovern Linda McGovern ... Jessica
Eoin Chaney Eoin Chaney ... Wayne
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Storyline

The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery, Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever? Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La camioneta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,366, 18 May 1997

Gross USA:

$712,095

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$712,095
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third story in Roddy Doyle's "Barrytown Trilogy", following the adventures of the Rabbitte family. However, as 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the Rabbitte name (from The Commitments), the characters had to be re-named in the subsequent film adaptations (The Snapper, The Van). See more »

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The movie is set during World Cup 1990, and on at least two occasions, the radio can be heard promoting 98FM. This station did not use this branding until the mid 1990s; it was called Classic Hits at the time. See more »

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[Regarding the Christmas menu]
Larry: It's a fuckin' turkey or nothin'!
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In the UK in 2007 a re-edited version was passed for certification for video release by the BBFC running at 92 minutes 50 seconds, some 3 minutes 55 seconds shorter than the normal theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Wand'rin' Star
Words by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
© Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe/Chappell & Co Inc
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Limited
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Still a fun ride
9 August 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's November 1989. Bimbo (Donal O'Kelly) is fired from the bakery. His best mate Larry (Colm Meaney) is struggling with only welfare for the coming Christmas. Bimbo is about to consider a MacDonald McJob when the guys are shown a food van. It's a piece of junk that doesn't even have an engine. Bimbo's wife buys the van and he invites Larry to join him selling fish and chips. Their chips van does smashingly as Ireland advances in the World Cup.

It's a steady decline from 'The Commitments' to 'The Snapper' and then to this. A more direct connection would have been better but I'm not an entertainment lawyer. It's still a fun watch. Donal O'Kelly doesn't have the screen presence. Colm Meaney is back and he overshadows everybody else. The trick is to make these poor losers lovable. Colm Meaney has that in spades. It would be better for them to get a steady young kid as their third. The relationship in the van is where this movie could have excel more. The guys' friendship could be more likable. I especially didn't like them picking up the ladies at the bar. Even their bickering could have been done with a lighter touch. Nevertheless it's still a fun ride.


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