The Van (1996 film)
The Van is a 1996 film, based on the novel
The Van (novel)
The Van is a 1991 novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and the third novel in The Barrytown Trilogy, continuing the story from The Snapper . It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize . -Premise:...

 (the third one of The Barrytown Trilogy
The Barrytown Trilogy
The Barrytown Trilogy consists of the first three novels by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and is first published as a trilogy in 1992. All of the three novels have been adapted into successful movies....

) by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. He won the Booker Prize in 1993....

. Like The Snapper
The Snapper (film)
The Snapper is a 1993 Irish television film which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred Tina Kellegher, Colm Meaney and Brendan Gleeson. The film is based on the novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, about the Rabbitte family and their domestic adventures.- Plot :Young Sharon Curley becomes...

, it was directed by Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
Stephen Arthur Frears is an English film director.-Early life:Frears was born in Leicester, England to Ruth M., a social worker, and Dr Russell E. Frears, a general practitioner and accountant. He did not find out that his mother was Jewish until he was in his late 20s...

. It was entered into the 1996 Cannes Film Festival
1996 Cannes Film Festival
-Jury:*Francis Ford Coppola *Nathalie Baye *Greta Scacchi, actrice *Michael Ballhaus *Henry Chapier *Atom Egoyan *Eiko Ishioka *Krzysztof Piesiewicz *Antonio Tabucchi...



The movie is set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job as a baker. With his redundancy cheque, he buys a van
A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods or groups of people.In British English usage, it can be either specially designed or based on a saloon or sedan car, the latter type often including derivatives with open backs...

 and sells fish and chips
Fish and chips
Fish and chips is a popular take-away food in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada...

 with his best mate, Larry
Colm Meaney
Colm J. Meaney is an Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in Star Trek episodes. He has guest-starred on many TV shows from Law & Order to The Simpsons...

. Due to Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

's surprising success at the 1990 FIFA World Cup
1990 FIFA World Cup
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, their business starts off well. But the relationship between the two friends soon becomes strained as Bimbo and his wife, Maggie behave more and more like typical bosses. Larry believes that Maggie is the cause of the strained friendship, as he thinks she's pushing Bimbo away from him. The van is closed down because of poor hygiene by health inspector, Des O'Callaghan. Bimbo thinks that Larry told the Health Board about the van, leading to a fight between the two. Larry quits the job, despite Bimbo's best efforts to get him back. Bimbo then drives the van into the sea, so as to win his friendship with Larry back.


  • Colm Meaney
    Colm Meaney
    Colm J. Meaney is an Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in Star Trek episodes. He has guest-starred on many TV shows from Law & Order to The Simpsons...

     - Larry; The main protagonist
    A protagonist is the main character of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve and with whom the audience is intended to most identify...

    . Named Jimmy Rabbitte in the book. He is Bimbo's best friend but the friendship becomes strained because of Bimbo's bossiness.
  • Donal O'Kelly - Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves; The secondary protagonist. Larry's best friend, but Larry believes that the van's ownership should be split 50-50 between them.
  • Ger Ryan
    Ger Ryan
    Ger Ryan is an Irish film and television actress, whose credits include Queer as Folk, Family, The War of the Buttons, The Van, Moll Flanders, Driftwood, A Love Divided and Intermission....

     - Maggie; Bimbo's wife. Larry strongly dislikes her because of her bossiness, calling her a "stupid bitch". She is the van's secretary.
  • Caroline Rothwell - Mary; Larry's wife. Named Veronica in the book.
  • Neilí Conroy - Diane; Larry and Mary's daughter. Named Sharon in the book.
  • Rúaidhrí Conroy
    Ruaidhri Conroy
    Rúaidhrí Conroy is an Irish actor.Conroy was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of actor Brendan Conroy. One of his first castings was as 'Tito' in the film Into the West, for which he won a Young Artist Award in the Outstanding Youth Actors in a Family Foreign Film category.In 1998, Conroy received...

     - Kevin; Larry and Mary's son. Named Darren in the book.
  • Brendan O'Carroll
    Brendan O'Carroll
    Brendan O'Carroll is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and director. Best known for portraying the foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Mrs. Brown, O'Carroll has been a popular comedian in Ireland since the early 1990s.-Early life:...

     - Weslie; Larry and Bimbo's friend. Named Bertie in the book.
  • Stuart Dunne
    Stuart Dunne
    Stuart Dunne is an Irish actor and artist. He is best known for his dark and violent portrayal of the character Billy Meehan on the Irish soap opera Fair City. He was nominated at the 2003 Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Actor in a Television Drama for Fair City.Stuart Dunne was born in...

     - Sam
  • Jack Lynch
    Jack Lynch
    John Mary "Jack" Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland, serving two terms in office; from 1966 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979....

     - Cancer
  • Laurie Morton - Maggie's Mum
  • Marie Mullen
    Marie Mullen
    Marie Mullen is an Irish actress.She was one of the founding members of the Druid Theatre Company and her husband has been associated with the company many times in the past...

     - Vera
  • Jon Kenny
    Jon Kenny
    Jon Kenny lives in Lough Gur and is one half of the famous Irish comic duo d'Unbelievables with Pat Shortt...

     - Gerry McCarthy
  • Mark Curtis
  • Moses Rowen - Glenn
  • Linda McGovern - Jessica
  • Eoin Chaney - Wayne
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