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The Break (1997)

R
96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees ...See moreDowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees takes him in and finds him medical care. As Dowd recovers in the flat of Tulio and Tulio's sister Monica, he realizes that these Guatemalan exiles share his rebellious principles. When he learns they are planning a political assassination, he offers to help. His attraction to Monica contributes to his willingness to volunteer. However, the cops are closing in on him: can he make the hit, protect his new friends, and escape with Monica? Written by See less
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Ronan Bennett (screenplay) | Stephen Rea (idea by)
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Updated Aug 28, 1997

Release date
Feb 20, 1998 (United States)

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Stephen Rea
Sean Dowd Sean Dowd   See fewer
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Rosana Pastor
Monica Monica   See fewer
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Brendan Gleeson
Richard Richard   See fewer
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Sean McGinley
Tommy Breen Tommy Breen   See fewer
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Roy Heaybeard
Food Lorry Driver Food Lorry Driver   See fewer
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Toby Bradford
Charlie Charlie   See fewer
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Robert Taylor
Visiting Room Prison Officer Visiting Room Prison Officer   See fewer
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B.J. Hogg
Albert Albert   See fewer
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Seamus Ball
Tallylodge Prison Officer Tallylodge Prison Officer   See fewer
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James Doran
Gate Prison Officer (as James Duran) Gate Prison Officer (as James Duran)   See fewer
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Deirdre O'Kane
Breen's Girlfriend Breen's Girlfriend   See fewer
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George Bass
Ramon's Driver Ramon's Driver   See fewer
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Richard Council
FBI Agent No: 1 FBI Agent No: 1   See fewer
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Paul Giamatti
Hotel Clerk Hotel Clerk   See fewer
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Jerry Grayson
Restaurant Manager Restaurant Manager   See fewer
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Shiek Mahmud-Bey
Knifeman Knifeman   See fewer
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Graeme Malcolm
Lattimer Lattimer   See fewer
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Mario Mendoza
Moustachioed Man Moustachioed Man   See fewer
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Ronan O'Connor
Young Barman Young Barman   See fewer
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Alba Oms
Stall Owner Stall Owner   See fewer
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Ndehru Roberts
Kid Gun Dealer Kid Gun Dealer   See fewer
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John Rothman
FBI Agent No: 2 FBI Agent No: 2   See fewer
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Cara Seymour
Junkie (as Caroline Seymour) Junkie (as Caroline Seymour)   See fewer
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Barry Snider
Eamonn Eamonn   See fewer
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Kenneth Solarino
Subway Man Subway Man   See fewer
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Brian Vincent
Lorenzo Bausch Lorenzo Bausch   See fewer
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Jim Gorman
Prison Officer (uncredited) Prison Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Denise Vasquez
Principal (uncredited) Principal (uncredited)   See fewer
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Teresa Yenque
Guatemalan Woman (uncredited) Guatemalan Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 321 votes