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The Closer You Get (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 September 2000 (UK)
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Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Aileen Ritchie

Writers:

Herbie Wave (story), William Ivory (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... Kieran O'Donnell
Sean McGinley ... Ian O'Donnell
Niamh Cusack ... Kate O'Leary
Ruth McCabe ... Mary Mulligan
Ewan Stewart ... Pat O'Leary
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Ollie Doyle
Cathleen Bradley Cathleen Bradley ... Siobhan
Sean McDonagh Sean McDonagh ... Sean Mulligan
Risteard Cooper Risteard Cooper ... Father Hubert Mallone
Maureen O'Brien ... Dollie Doyle
Pat Laffan ... Giovanni
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Mrs. Duncannon
Joan Sheehy Joan Sheehy ... Joan
Patricia Martin Patricia Martin ... Mrs. Lock
Dessie Gallagher Dessie Gallagher ... Mickey
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Storyline

Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and it sharpens everyone's sense of the opportunities for happiness already at hand. Kate, a publican with a young daughter, is separating from her husband and catches the eye of a bachelor sheep farmer. Kieran the butcher realizes that his assistant Siobhan is comely, and then he discovers she's fiery as well. Ollie sends off for Dutch skin magazines that the village postmistress won't release to him. The men, and women, find counsel in their movie-loving priest. Will anyone answer the ad? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

It's hard to see what's right in front of your eyes when there's so much more to look at. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

American Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,307, 27 February 2000

Gross USA:

$221,898
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Redwave Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the bar scene just before the dance, the symbols on the slot machine Kieran is playing change even though he isn't actually playing it at that time. See more »

Goofs

Ollie sets his tool chest down outside Mary's store. Then he picks it up and opens the door to enter. The next shot - from inside - shows him entering without the chest. The chest is not seen again. See more »

Quotes

Kieran O'Donnell: Siobhan? Siobhan!
Siobhan: [She opens the window] What do you want?
Kieran O'Donnell: I love you and I'm sorry.
Siobhan: Pardon?
Kieran O'Donnell: I said I love you.
Siobhan: The other bit.
Kieran O'Donnell: Will you go out with me?
Siobhan: No.
[She closes the window]
Kieran O'Donnell: Ah, wait! Siobhan! Wait!
[...]
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Connections

References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Laura I Love Her
Written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh
Performed by Ricky Valance
Published by Lawrence Wright Co./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
(p)1980 Licensed coourtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Delightfully Irish
12 April 2001 | by rps-2See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully sensitive and human film, well scripted, well acted, superbly directed. And so what if the women come out as the winners. It's a delightful story of sexual awakening, done in a charming, cheeky Irish style. Provocative yet tasteful. Funny yet serious. One of those rare films in which everything works!


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