The Snapper

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Released 1993

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
The Snapper is a 1993 comedic drama directed by Stephen Frears and based on the novel from Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy. The film is set in Ireland, and centers on the working-class Curley family. Daughter Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher), 20 years old and working a cash register in a local supermarket, comes out to her parents, Dessie (Colm Meaney) and Kay (Ruth McCabe), that she's pregnant - or "up the pole," as it's described in local parlance. When she refuses to come clean about the identity of her child's father, rumors among the residents of the small town begin to bubble up. While at first Dessie is supportive of his daughter in her time of crisis, his demeanor slowly changes as his pride is injured by the crude gossip he overhears. Will the truth of the origin of the infant (or "snapper" in Irish slang) see the light of day, or do the residents of Barrytown already know the truth?
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