Whole Lotta Sole

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Whole Lotta Sole
Whole Lotta Sole movie poster.jpg
Whole Lotta Sole film poster
Directed by Terry George
Produced by Terry George
David Gorder
Simon Bosanquet
Jay Russell[1]
Written by Terry George
Thomas Gallagher
Starring Brendan Fraser
Colm Meaney
David O'Hara
Yaya DaCosta
Martin McCann
Music by Foy Vance
Cinematography Des Whelan
Edited by Nick Emerson
Generator Entertainment
Media Pro Six
Menlo Park Productions[2]
Distributed by Lightning Entertainment Group, Inc[3]
Release dates
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $5.5 million[1]

Whole Lotta Sole (known as Stand Off in North America) is a 2012 independent comedy film written and directed by Terry George and starring Brendan Fraser, David O'Hara, Colm Meaney, Yaya DaCosta and Martin McCann.


Hoping to pay back some gambling debt he owes to local mobster Mad Dog Flynn (David O'Hara), Jim (Martin McCann) robs the local fishmongers, only to discover that it's actually a front for the mobster's business. Now on the run and pursued by police detective Weller (Colm Meaney), Jim is cornered in an antique shop where he takes hostage a collection of colourful characters, including American Joe Maguire (Brendan Fraser), the owner who may be his illegitimate father, and his girlfriend Sophie (Yaya DaCosta). Caught between the mobster's gang and the police, the unfortunate young Jim must find a way out of this tricky situation with help from his hostages.[4][5]



Cinematographer Des Whelan during location shooting in Downpatrick, April 2011

The movie was filmed in Downpatrick and Belfast, Northern Ireland,[10] and filming began on 8 April 2011.[11]


The film had its world premiere on Saturday 21 April 2012, in the Spotlight Series at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012,[12][13] had its European premiere on Sunday 10 June 2012, at the Belfast Film Festival,[14] was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan[15] in August 2012 and was shown at the Mill Valley,[16] Hamptons International Film Festivals[17] and Austin Film Festival[18] in October 2012. The film has also been picked up for distribution in European, South African and Asian territories.[19] The film, as Stand Off, was shown at the Mostly British Film Festival[20] (22 January 2013) and was released in US theatres on 22 February 2013.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Meaney's got a Whole Lotta Sole". Belfast Telegraph. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Whole Lotta Sole". ScreenDaily.com. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Whole Lotta Sole". The Film Catalogue. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cameras roll on Whole Lotta Sole". Generator Entertainment. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Whole Lotta Sole". British Council, Film Directory. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Whole Lotta Sole' Begins Filming in Belfast, "going to love this" says Martin McCann". The Irish Film & Television Network (IFTN). 8 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Five Minutes With… 'Saving The Titanic' Actor Conor MacNeill". The Irish Film & Television Network (IFTN). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Unearthing The Irish in Tribeca". The Irish Examiner. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Noah and Gracie's Big Variety Night!". ni4kids.com. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Whole lotta fun". Irish Echo. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "IFTA members got Whole Lotta Sole". Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA). Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Oscar Winner's New Film to Premiere at Tribeca". The Toonari Post. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tribeca 2012 Film Guide: Whole Lotta Sole". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Launch of the 12th Belfast Film Festival". CultureNorthernIreland.org. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Traverse City Film Festival 2012 – Whole Lotta Sole". traversecityfilmfest.org. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Whole Lotta Sole". California Film Institute. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hamptons International Film Festival Turns 20". The East Hampton Star. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Whole Lotta Sole". Austin Film Festival. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Lightning strikes bundle of sales on AFM slate". ScreenDaily.com. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Stand Off – Mostly British Film Festival". MostlyBritish.org. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Exclusive poster premiere: 'Stand Off'". iamROGUE.com. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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