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On the Nose (2001)

A luckless gambler finally finds the secret to picking winners at the track - a head in a jar.

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David Caffrey

Writer:

Tony Philpott
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Credited cast:
Dan Aykroyd ... Dr. Barry Davis
Robbie Coltrane ... Delaney
Brenda Blethyn ... Mrs.Delaney
Tony Briggs ... Michael Miller
Jim Norton ... Patrick Cassidy
Sinead Keenan ... Sinead Delaney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Baker ... Barclay
Glynis Barber ... Anthea Davis
Francis Burke Francis Burke ... Nana
Mark Anthony Byrne Mark Anthony Byrne ... Anto (Uncredited)
Simon Delaney ... Grogan
Peadar Flanagan Peadar Flanagan ... Race Commentator
Cheryl Graffo ... Mrs. Nosenberg,
Una Kavanagh Una Kavanagh ... Receptionist
Laurence Kinlan ... Kiaran Delaney
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Storyline

Brendan is a janitor at a university who has a fondness for gambling, especially betting on horse races. However, he doesn't have much skill at it, and poorly considered bets have drained the bank account he'd set aside for his daughter's education. Brendan's wife has made Brendan promise to give up gambling, but when their daughter announces she's just been accepted to Trinity College in Ireland, Brendan has to come up with the tuition money, and fast. While doing his sweeping at work, Brendan makes a remarkable discovery - the preserved head of an aboriginal tribesman who, under proper conditions, can pick the winners in horse races. Written by Yocke

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Delaney's Flutter See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Coltrane goes through the motions
31 October 2001 | by steve needleSee all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of Robbie Coltrane, dating back to his early work with Emma Thompson in Tutti Frutti, and his later work in Cracker. Brenda Blethyn was okay in Saving Grace, and Dan Aykroyd can be funny, though it has been a long time since he's played something other than a bad sitcom character. I was hoping On The Nose might be a cute little comedy, not too farcical. The best would have been a Full Monty/Commitments movie, the worst would have been a John Cleese Like Clockwork. Unfortunately, this movie is closer to the Like Clockwork stinker. I found the movie to have very few jokes, and those jokes were telegraphed well in advance. With a joint production of the Irish Film Board, Canadian Film Board, BC Film Board, Sky Television, and CHUM Television, one wonders if there were too many cooks in the production of this luke warm broth. Characters were neither original nor likeable. Bottom line was that I really didn't care what happened to anyone in this movie. One wonders how this film actually got made. Surely there must be better scripts out there than this. This makes Saving Grace seem like a laugh fest.


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