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An Everlasting Piece (2001)



Critic Consensus: This comedy is too slight to leave an impression, and its attempts at whimsy are not as funny as they could have been.

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Director Barry Levinson attempts to repeat the success of several recent, low-budget British imports such as The Full Monty (1997), Waking Ned Devine (1998), and Saving Grace (2000) with this comedy about a pair of prison barbers trying to make a success of a hairpiece business in Northern Ireland. Colm (Barry McEvoy), a Catholic, and George (Brian F. O'Byrne), a Protestant, are friends who toil away in a lackluster job cutting the hair of convicts in a prison for the insane where Colm's girlfriend Bronagh (Anna Friel) also works. When the two lads hear of a prisoner nicknamed The Scalper (Billy Connolly), they learn that he was the only seller of hairpieces in the country, and decide to begin crafting their own toupees for sale as a way to start their own business. As they ply their wares through the war-torn country, the friends are not above using their respective religions to make sales, but competition soon arrives in the form of Toupee or Not Toupee, a rival company, and a race to be the first outfit to sell 30 units quickly ensues. Politics, business, and religious beliefs soon intersect to cause big trouble for both men. Actor McEvoy also wrote the script for An Everlasting Piece, loosely basing his character on his real-life father.

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Anna Friel
as Bronagh
Ruth McCabe
as Mrs. O'Neill
Billy Connolly
as The Scalper
Des McAleer
as Mr. Black
Desmond McAleer
as Mr. Black
Colum Convey
as IRA Man
Ian Cregg
as Milker
David Pearse
as Comrade
Seamus Bal
as Mr. Duggan
Enda Oates
as Detective
George Shane
as Billy King
Brendan Costelloe
as English Patient
Olivia Nash
as Eileen McGivern
Kathleen Bradley Overton
as Bronagh's Cousin
Maclean Stewart
as Masked Man No. 1
Darren Lawless
as Smok Mullen
Peter Quinn
as Que McKeever
David Howarth
as British Officer
Mark Carruthers
as TV Anchor
A.J. Kennedy
as Masked Man No. 2
Nevan Finnegan
as Dixieland Man
Samuel Bright
as Wee Messer
Philip Young
as Man in Cinema
Conor Bradford
as News Reporter
Bryan McCaugherty
as Creeped Youth
Jack Quinn
as Bronagh's Dad
Frank O'Keefe
as Professor
Paul Clancy
as Butcher
Little John Nee
as Toupee Man
Jonathan Shankey
as Toupee Man No. 2
Paula McFetridge
as IRA Man's Wife
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Critic Reviews for An Everlasting Piece

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

The humor is slight, but the actors make the blarney go down easy.

February 6, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

The comedy inherent in toupee gags gradually runs dry, and the interplay between the main characters sometimes doesn't offer enough sparks to pick up the slack.

December 26, 2000 | Full Review…

This little film tries too hard to charm, and in the process loses its bite.

December 26, 2000

A slight but diverting series of set pieces.

December 26, 2000

The director serves up a nice helping of blarney, but he seems to have left his schmaltz in Baltimore.

December 25, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5

A comedy of high and zany spirits that effortlessly touches on matters of moral choice, reconciliation and forgiveness and the value of the generous gesture.

December 25, 2000 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for An Everlasting Piece

This movie from Ireland was a hoot! Like most Irish movies, I found the subtitles absolutely necessary. The dialect is often quite difficult to understand, and it's nice to have some assistance. Another underrated gem, in my opinion.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A interesting plot with a good screenplay, nice actings, just like Levinson's direction, An Everlasting Piece, is a unforgettable film, entertaining and funny. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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