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The Break (1997)

A Further Gesture (original title)
Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Stephen Rea (idea by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Sean Dowd
Alfred Molina ... Tulio
Rosana Pastor ... Monica
Brendan Gleeson ... Richard
Jorge Sanz ... Paco
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Scott
Frankie McCafferty ... Danny
Sean McGinley ... Tommy Breen
Paul Ronan ... Liam
Richard Dormer ... Joe
Roy Heaybeard Roy Heaybeard ... Food Lorry Driver
Toby Bradford Toby Bradford ... Charlie
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Roisin
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor ... Visiting Room Prison Officer
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Albert
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Storyline

Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees takes him in and finds him medical care. As Dowd recovers in the flat of Tulio and Tulio's sister Monica, he realizes that these Guatemalan exiles share his rebellious principles. When he learns they are planning a political assassination, he offers to help. His attraction to Monica contributes to his willingness to volunteer. However, the cops are closing in on him: can he make the hit, protect his new friends, and escape with Monica? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | Spain | Germany | Ireland | Japan

Language:

English | Irish | Spanish

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,975, 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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Well worth seeing.
22 March 2001 | by moovyfellowSee all my reviews

I found this to be a very good movie. It is an interesting story. All the actors are good. Stephan Rea is always good as he exemplifies such wonderful sensitivity and gravity in his characterization. Rosana Pastor is one of my favorite actresses after seeing this, so very beautiful in looks as well as spirit.


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