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I Went Down

    • Director

      Paddy Breathnach

    • Credits

      Producer: Robert Walpole. Writers: Conor McPherson

    • Principal Cast

      Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Antoine Byrne, Tony Doyle

  • Category

    Feature

Made with an indie spirit synonymous with much of 1990s crime cinema, I Went Down is a stylish effort that sees two talentless criminals sent from Dublin to fetch a gangland leader in Cork. The trouble begins when Git (Peter McDonald), fresh out of jail, finds himself owing a favour to mobster Tom French (Tony Doyle) when he attacks one of his thugs. Paired up with the incompetent but comedic Bunny (Brendan Gleeson), the two set out on a road-trip defined by quick-witted banter and poorly-executed crimes, with their capture of their target only causing more trouble.  Scripted by playwright Conor McPherson and directed by Paddy Breathnach, I Went Down is filled with an ingenuity and an awareness of the unhappiness felt by these hapless criminals.

Awards:
Best Screenplay at the Irish Film and Television Awards 1999

107 minutes, Ireland/UK/USA, 1997, Colour


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