The Actors

The Actors is a 2003 film written and directed by Conor McPherson and starring Dylan Moran and Michael Caine. In supporting roles are Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and Lena Headey.

The Actors
Directed byConor McPherson
Produced byNeil Jordan
Redmond Morris
Written byConor McPherson
StarringMichael Caine
Dylan Moran
Lena Headey
Michael Gambon
Miranda Richardson
Michael McElhatton
Abigail Iversen
Aisling O'Sullivan
Ben Miller
Simon Delaney
Alvaro Lucchesi
Music byMichael Nyman
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited byEmer Reynolds
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • 17 April 2003 (2003-04-17)
Running time
91 minutes

The Actors is a contemporary comedy set in Dublin. It follows the exploits of two mediocre stage actors as they devise a plan to con a retired gangster out of £50,000. The gangster owes the money to a third party, whom he has never met. The actors take advantage of this fact by impersonating this 'unidentified' third party, and claiming the debt as their own. To pull it off they enlist Moran's eerily intelligent nine-year-old niece, who restructures the plan each time something goes wrong.

The two protagonists are acting in a version of Shakespeare's Richard III in which everyone dresses in Nazi uniform, a sly nod to Ian McKellen's production.

The film is centred on the Olympia Theatre, and it is noteworthy for featuring the famous glass awning over the entrance which has since been destroyed in a traffic accident. The glass awning has since been rebuilt to its full former glory.


Empire gives the film 2/5, describing it as "Based on an idea by Neil Jordan, The Actors had the potential to be gut-achingly funny. But instead it ends up raising a few paltry smiles."[1]


The Actors
Soundtrack album by
Released19 May 2003
GenreSoundtrack, contemporary classical, minimalism
LabelEMI Records
Michael Nyman chronology
Sangam: Michael Nyman Meets Indian Masters
The Actors
Man and Boy: Dada
  1. Act One - The Michael Nyman Band and Moss Hall Junior Choir
  2. Star Of The Sea - Laura Cullinan, Bebhinn Ni Chiosain, Cliona Ni Chiosain & Niamh H Reynolds
  3. Zinc Bar Walk - The Michael Nyman Band
  4. A Certain Party - The Michael Nyman Band
  5. House On Fire - The Michael Nyman Band
  6. Act Two - The Michael Nyman Band
  7. Could This Be Love? - Lena Headey & Dylan Moran
  8. Mary Directs Tom - The Michael Nyman Band
  9. Una's Waltz - Una Ni Chiosain/Conor McPherson
  10. Rope Trick - The Michael Nyman Band
  11. Dolores On The Beach - The Michael Nyman Band
  12. Return To The Scene Of The Crime - The Michael Nyman Band
  13. Seems So Long - Cathy Davey
  14. Wheelchair Chase - The Michael Nyman Band
  15. Tubbetstown Elegy - The Michael Nyman Band
  16. Lovely Morning - Cathy Davey
  17. Mrs O'Growny Appears - The Michael Nyman Band
  18. Zinc Piano - The Michael Nyman Band
  19. Final Act - The Michael Nyman Band


  1. Jo Berry. "The Actors Review | Movie". Empire. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
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