Intermission (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  16 April 2004 (USA)
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A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Thompson ...
Old Man in Café
Emma Bolger ...
Child with Ice Cream
Deirdre Molloy ...
Woman in Shopping Mall
Derry Power ...
Elderly Man on Bus
Neilí Conroy ...
John Rogan ...
Tom Farrelly ...
Gerry Moore ...
Seamus Ruane


Intermission is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love. When the desperately insecure and emotionally inarticulate John breaks up with Deirdre to 'give her a little test' his plan backfires leaving her broken-hearted and him alone and miserable. Through chance and coincidence, their break-up triggers a roller coaster ride of interweaving escapades in the lives of everyone around them. Intermission presents a slice of life, the passage between breaking up and making up, exploring how our lives intersect, and the power we all possess to affect the lives of those around us. Written by Mark Cameron

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dialeimma  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£146,220 (UK) (29 August 2003)


$107,343 (Australia) (4 June 2004)

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Colin Farrell performs "I Fought The Law" over the end credits. See more »


Deirdre: Might's not definite, is it?
John: No.
Deirdre: It's a vague enough term at best.
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene during the credits showing Noeleen and Sam, who have presumably gotten back together. Noeleen is pestering Sam about changing the TV channel, and her nagging manner may give a hint why Sam left her in the first place. See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


Written by Ciaran Brennan
Published by Clannad Music Ltd and BMG Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Clannad
Licensed courtesy of BMG Music UK and Ireland Ltd
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A solid piece of entertainment
20 November 2006 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

Intermission is one of those modern multiple storyline films in which a group of characters lives intertwine. And, as per usual involves a car crash. These factors tie it to the likes of Magnolia, Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Crash, 13 Conversations About One Thing and many more films I'm sure that escape me at this point. So what does Intermission have to offer that these films do not? For one, the acting talent involved is pretty much a who's who of Irish (and Scottish) actors at present. Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Shirley Henderson and Kelly Macdonald. The other main factor in the quality of Intermission lies in it's script, which comes across as funny, engaging and despite the comparisons made above is fairly original. It is most definitely a lighter affair than some of it's contemporary rivals listed above, and though not groundbreaking by any means, is a well-made and engaging piece of work.

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