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An Everlasting Piece

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Barry Levinson

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Plot Summary

Director Barry Levinson attempts to repeat the success of several recent, low-budget British imports such as The Full Monty (1997), Waking Ned Devine (1998), and Saving Grace (2000) with this comedy about a pair of prison barbers trying to make a success of a hairpiece business in Northern Ireland. Colm (Barry McEvoy), a Catholic, and George (Brian F. O'Byrne), a Protestant, are friends who toil away in a lackluster job cutting the hair of convicts in a prison for the insane where Colm's girlfriend Bronagh (Anna Friel) also works. When the two lads hear of a prisoner nicknamed The Scalper (Billy Connolly), they learn that he was the only seller of hairpieces in the country, and decide to begin crafting their own toupees for sale as a way to start their own business. As they ply their wares through the war-torn country, the friends are not above using their respective religions to make sales, but competition soon arrives in the form of Toupee or Not Toupee, a rival company, and a race to be the first outfit to sell 30 units quickly ensues. Politics, business, and religious beliefs soon intersect to cause big trouble for both men.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The director serves up a nice helping of blarney, but he seems to have left his schmaltz in Baltimore. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The humor is slight, but the actors make the blarney go down easy. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: This little film tries too hard to charm, and in the process loses its bite. – Paul Clinton (,, Mar 15, 2001

Rotten: The comedy inherent in toupee gags gradually runs dry, and the interplay between the main characters sometimes doesn't offer enough sparks to pick up the slack. – David Germain, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great movie!

This movie is great! Im surprised no one else has written a comment. Its extremely witty and one of my favorite Irish movies!

Great movie

Fantastic movie very funny great Irish wit!

Not that great

This movie wasn't very funny and had really corny jokes. The plot line was pointless and uninteresting and was overall very boring.

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