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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Turning Green'
(Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, Colm Meaney, Donal Gallery, et al / DVD / R / (2005) 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: 16-year-old James Powers finds himself lost after his mother dies and he is forced to live with his three Irish aunts. Displaced and distressed, he longs to come back to America. One lucky weekend, desperate for cash after learning the ropes with bookies, gamblers and crooks, James starts a wildly successful business of selling illegal magazines on the black market. Tough, street smart and with cash in his pocket, he must now decide where home really is.

DVD Verdict: A quaint, old-fashioned coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Ireland, 'Turning Green' (filmed some five years ago now) stars Timothy Hutton as Bill the Breaker, a character who goes around beating up the locals who fall fowl on their gambling debts.

But the story is more to do with a 16-year old boy, James (Donal Gallery) how having been born in the US (to Irish parents), now hates the new place he has been transplated to. James, and his little brother Pete have been sent to live on the Emerald Isle after their mother's death, you see, to live with three elders, who are Church-minded.

So, to get away from them, and to find life outside his new bubble, he hangs out at the village pub, winning bets on how much he can drink and even working part-time as a collection agent for Bill the Bookie (Alessandro Nivola) - hence the involvement of Hutton's character.

Quite how this story suddenly levels out that James soon becomes the West of Ireland's leading purveyor of porn is beyond me, but it is a story, after all! The films' ending is, well, forced, to say the least, but it's still a nice way to spend a cold, Winter's night - just! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of a Trailer.