'Waiting For Dublin'
(Andrew Keegan, David Wilmot, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2009 / Cinema Libre)
Overview: New Year's Eve 1944 - Lt. Mike Clarke (Andrew Keegan) is a handsome, cocky fighter pilot spending his last night in Chicago before heading off to war. After too many drinks, he makes a wager with a local mobster betting that he can shoot down at least five enemy aircraft. They shake on it, but what Mike doesn't realize is that the local mobster is none other than Al Capone.
DVD Verdict: Some days, in amongst all these big Hollywod movies, you crave a little Irish comedy to brighten your day. And, luckily for us all, 'Waiting for Dublin' is just one of those kinda movies - just!
Set near the end of World War II, the premise tells the tale of a promise made and a promise, well, you'll see! In a Chicago nightclub on New Year’s Eve in 1944, fighter pilot Lt. Mike Clarke (Keegan) meets a stranger, Vito Massucci (Karl Shiels), who bets him that he can’t become a war ace by shooting down at least five enemy aircraft. Upon sobering up and shipping out, Mike realizes that the bet was made in actuality for $10,000 and, that Vito’s uncle – who witnessed the contract — was none other than the notorious Al Capone!
After doing his best, making some "kills" within the battle, flying back to England from a combat mission over Belgium, Mike is forced into an emergency landing in a small Irish village, with his co-pilot, Twickers (Hugh O’Conor). At that point, once on the ground, dusted down, and ready to do anything to hide from Vito Massucci and his uncle, the two guys hit the green turf running and end up meeting a German deserter, hiding out among the locals.
A man himself being pursued by a comedic Gestapo agent straight out of 'Allo! Allo!,' the film goes on to spin the yarn of Mike (Andrew Keegan, from '7th Heaven'), the Yank who is head over heels for the fiery redhead lass, Maggie (Jade Yourell). Add to that a batch of home brewed village eccentrics, a narcoleptic priest and a blind World War I veteran who yearns to fly, and it's obvious that both Director Roger Tucker and screenwriter Chuck Conaway seem to have set their stall out in some familar scripted territory - albeit, beautiful, rural Ireland! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.