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Donovan Quick (2000)

Retelling of the Don Quixote story set in present day Scotland. Donovan Quick comes to the rescue of Lucy, the mainstay of the dysfunctional Pannick family.

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David Blair
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Donovan Quick
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Lucy Pannick
David O'Hara ... Clive
Liz Smith ... Granny
David Westhead ... George Mackie
David Brown David Brown ... Sandy Pannick
Ford Kiernan ... Jim Leahy
Elizabeth Rider ... Grief Stricken Woman
Gavin Mitchell Gavin Mitchell ... Mr. Clancy
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ... Jim Pannick
Parminder Nagra ... Radhika (as Parminder K. Nagra)
Gayanne Potter Gayanne Potter ... WPC
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Train Driver
Chris Young Chris Young ... Train Conductor
James Martin James Martin ... Elderly Man
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Lucy Pannick is drinking too much, but trying to somehow hold together her dysfunctional family comprising of a son who is involved in criminal activities, a brother who suffers from a learning disability and her senile mother. A greedy local bus company, Windmill Transport, has monopolized the public transport in the area and cut important but less profitable services, including one that is vital to the lives of the Pannick family. Donovan Quick, a polite stranger newly arrived in town, comes to the rescue and takes on the windmills by setting up his owner operated one vehicle bus service. Against all odds and expectations, he proves to be an adversary to be reckoned with.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 2000 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

£1,300,000 (estimated)
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Excellent Don Quixote update
24 January 2000 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

Apart from the currently fashionable under-lighting which puts some scenes in near total darkness this is a most enjoyable & involving drama with ever-smouldering Colin Firth the stranger in town with a past and Katy Murphy (what a wonderful face!) the damsel in distress who he comes to rescue. Her distress involves a mentally-retarded brother, a manipulative, selfish lover, a pile of bills and a Mother who wanders round the house dressed only in her slip.

Donovan buys an old bus and sets up in opposition to the villain of the tale, a monopolistic bus company, Windmill Transport (Geddit?) and battle is joined.

I found one short, violent scene unnecessarily graphic but the plot is beautifully resolved with a most satisfying - and surprising - final scene.


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