A couple, whose daughter has a life-threatening heart condition, decides to make her last days of life as meaningful for her as possible by taking her to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

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The eleven-year-old Deirdre suffers from an incureable heart trouble. For two years, her parents Eugene and Ruth have consulted heart specialists - but without any success. Now they have gone to Mahone Bay in Canada, to arrange for her last days as pleasant as possible. The nine-year-old neighbour boy Phillip is the only one who brings a little happiness into the home, because Deirdre knows exactly whats wrong with her. After she suffered from an acute attack and the end comes faster than everybody had thought, Deirdre and Phillip succeed in celebrating the twelfth birthday of the girl as a day of joy. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A dying daughter's last gift becomes the Echoes of a Summer that will linger in your heart forever! See more »

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April 1976 (USA)  »

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Richard Harris thought the script was faulty and threatened director Don Taylor with a good thrashing. He also locked fellow star William Windom in his dressing room for several hours. See more »

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Philip: On Deirdre's impending death: My mother says you may linger for a while.
Deirdre Striden: Your mother's a fat bitch.
Ruth Striden: Deirdre!
Philip: Oh, that's OK. My daddy's always calling her that.
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The Last Castle
Written and Performed by Richard Harris
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Lovely, if somewhat monotonous, treatise on the realities of death...
27 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

When Jodie Foster-admirers discuss her long career, this title usually gets left out. It's a simple, sentimental story of an ill young girl and the effects her strength and will has on the people around her. Richard Harris is a bit heavy as her father (and I could have done without his non-singing over the credits: "Deeer-draaah!"), but Foster makes the most of her scenes, particularly with William Windom as a doctor surprised by her maturity and Brad Savage as a local boy who's curious about sex (they hold hands and lie together on the beach in a stunningly delicate moment). Based on the flop Broadway play "Isle of Children", which starred a post-"Miracle Worker" Patty Duke, the movie gets a little hectic in its final stages as the filmmakers try to wrap up the story with a birthday party sequence I didn't much care for. Still worth-seeing for Foster, luminous at eleven years and holding this picture together. **1/2 from ****


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