The Van (1996)

Director
Stephen Frears

Main cast
Colm Meaney; Donal O'Kelly; Ger Ryan; Caroline Rothwell

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising success at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, their business starts off well, but the relationship between the two friends soon becomes strained as Bimbo behaves more like a typical boss.


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