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Inimitable journalist Dan Starkey (David Thewlis) is catapulted into a desperate race to save his life, his marriage and the lives of those closest to him when his brief affair with the beautiful young Margaret (Laura Fraser) ends violently. All Starkey knows is the last words the lovely Margaret ever spoke: "Divorce Jack".
Starkey is now a murder suspect and on the run. Armed with dangerous one liners, a nun with a gun (Rachel Griffiths) and unwittingly the answer to the "Divorce Jack" mystery, he races to outsmart the police, the future Prime Minister Brinn (Robert Lindsay) and the legendary terrorist Cow Pat Keegan (Jason Isaacs). All want a piece of Starkey or preferably, Dan Starkey in pieces.
Divorcing Jack is a riotous comedy thriller with a nail-biting roller coaster plot. Starkey's night with Margaret was only a toe in the polluted ocean of romantic betrayal; unbeknown to Dan he has stumbled on a political minefield planted fifteen years ago and it's about to explode...
Persons of interest
- David Thewlis .... Dan Starkey
- Rachel Griffiths .... Lee Cooper
- Jason Isaacs .... Cow Pat Keegan
- Laura Fraser .... Margaret
- Richard Gant .... Charles Parker
- Laine Megaw .... Patricia
- Kitty Aldridge .... Agnes Brinn
- Robert Lindsay .... Michael Brinn
- Adam Black .... Young Starkey
- George Shane .... Woods
- Alan McKee .... Mouse
- Sean Caffrey .... Joe
- Ian McElhinney .... Alfie Stewart
- BJ Hogg .... Billy McCoubrey
- Colin Bateman .... Author
- Colin Bateman .... Screenwriter
- David Caffrey .... Director
Special Agent Matti
The best thing since Lock stock and two smoking barrels.
But where Lock, stock... was the low-life of London, Divorcing Jack is the low-life of Northern Ireland. Thieves, terrorists, drunks, liars, adulterers, murderers, strippers and *Shudders* journalists. There is the same deliciously incredible pain of watching losers mess up bigtime with the added bonus of Irish accents (Phwaorgh!) and The Troubles. Anything can happen, and anything does happen!
David does the best thing he's ever done. His Starkey is an arrogant, human, loving, intelligent, loud-mouthed prick. He controls your attention every time he's on the screen: a really good thing for the main character to do. The supporting actors (ie everyone else in the cast) does what they should do: give strong, full on performances that utterly support the lead actor. It's a joy to watch.
The sad part is that Divorcing Jack was never given a theatrical release - I can not imagine why as it is one of the best films I have ever seen. Make up for this lack of intelligence on the part of the distributors and rent it today. Well, unless you're reading this before the release date, in which case, rent it then!
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Medium level sex scene, Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)
110 minutes (1:50 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 25 August 1999