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Virgin of Liverpool

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Synopsis

Joanne Conlon's local church are replacing their statue of the Virgin Mary. Joanne is appalled as her grandmother claims she once saw this statue cry. She takes the Madonna home. But her father, Frank, has just been sacked. Joanne's mother, Sylvia becomes an instant success as a bingo caller, but Frank is furious - shouldn't he be the breadwinner?

Joanne's Aunt Doreen places the statue inside her chip shop. That evening the statue cries once more. Now people come from miles to see the miracle! The local priest offers to take the statue back home. It doesn't stay in the church long. When the back of the statue's head comes off a sponge falls out. Doreen had 'encouraged' the Virgin to cry so she could sell more chips!

Sylvia is offered a singing assignment, but Frank forbids it. His anger and jealousy boil over. He throws the statue into the Mersey. Sylvia jumps in after it. Frank jumps in to save his wife, forgetting he can't swim. Husband, wife and mother of God are all saved by emergency helicopter.

Joanne finds the perfect home for the icon, on the grave of her grandmother. As the Virgin stands on the grave the icon starts to cry - all by herself!

Details

Year
2003
Type of film
Features
Running Time
tbc
Format
35mm, Fuji
Director
Lee Donaldson 1st Feature
Producer
Hanno Huth, Benjamin Herrmann
Editor
Kristina Hetherington
Screenwriter
Gil Brailey
Director of Photography
Jakob Ihre
Sound
Tommy Hair
Music
Dave Hughes
Principal Cast
Ricky Tomlinson, Imelda Staunton, Johnny Vegas

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The Mob Film Company
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