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Beyond the Pale

The U.S. is seen as a land of sharks and lonely immigrants in this mostly U.S.-shot feature, whose message is that opportunities are there to be grabbed by whatever means necessary. "Beyond the Pale" can't overcome a thin storyline, and its script could have benefited from tighter dialogue and an infusion of energy. Pic is unlikely to travel beyond some fest slots.Two young men emigrate illegally from Ireland to New York and start a moving business. Wheeler-dealer Seamus (Conn Horgan) always has a get-rich-quick scheme up his sleeve, while the more sensitive Patrick (co-scripter Patrick Clarke) takes his time with everything he does, including his romance with aspiring actress Helen (Beverley Elder) and the nursing back to productivity of washed-up author Tom (Malachy McCourt). First-time helmer and co-scripter George Bazala includes some nice comic touches, but overall the direction is pedestrian. This is particularly true in the handling of the love triangle involving Patrick and Helen, who's trying to extricate herself from a sordid trophy relationship with the far older Jeffrey (Roger Davis). Patrick's about-face at pic's end is difficult to believe , as are prospects for Seamus' future.

The U.S. is seen as a land of sharks and lonely immigrants in this mostly U.S.-shot feature, whose message is that opportunities are there to be grabbed by whatever means necessary. “Beyond the Pale” can’t overcome a thin storyline, and its script could have benefited from tighter dialogue and an infusion of energy. Pic is unlikely to travel beyond some fest slots.Two young men emigrate illegally from Ireland to New York and start a moving business. Wheeler-dealer Seamus (Conn Horgan) always has a get-rich-quick scheme up his sleeve, while the more sensitive Patrick (co-scripter Patrick Clarke) takes his time with everything he does, including his romance with aspiring actress Helen (Beverley Elder) and the nursing back to productivity of washed-up author Tom (Malachy McCourt). First-time helmer and co-scripter George Bazala includes some nice comic touches, but overall the direction is pedestrian. This is particularly true in the handling of the love triangle involving Patrick and Helen, who’s trying to extricate herself from a sordid trophy relationship with the far older Jeffrey (Roger Davis). Patrick’s about-face at pic’s end is difficult to believe , as are prospects for Seamus’ future.

Beyond the Pale

(DRAMA -- U.S.-IRISH)

Production: A Clarke/Alvino production. Produced by Patrick Clarke, Jack Alvino. Executive producers, Thomas J. Haynes, John Drohan, Lawrence Bass, Glenn Becker. Directed by George Bazala. Screenplay, Bazala, Patrick Clarke. Camera (color, Super 16), Adam Vardy; editor, Michael R. Sullivan; production designer, Walter Ulasinski; music, Ned Ginsberg. Reviewed at Galway Film Festival, July 9, 1999. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: With: Patrick Clarke, Conn Horgan, Beverley Elder, Malachy McCourt, Roger Davis, Ruth Miller, Valentina Olmos.

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