MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,087 this week

Letters from Frank (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  22 November 1979 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 23 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 61 titles
created 17 Nov 2012
 
a list of 727 titles
created 10 May 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Letters from Frank (TV Movie 1979)

Letters from Frank (TV Movie 1979) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Letters from Frank.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Director: James Bridges
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan
Greedy (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis
The Hard Way (1991)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An action film star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York cop, who finds him superficial and irritating.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Woods, Stephen Lang
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen
Teen Wolf (1985)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A struggling high school student with problems discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel
Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson
Don't Ask Me, Ask God (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | Talk-Show | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A 1981 U.S. Gallop Poll asked Americans, "If you could ask God any question, what would it be?" Don't Ask Me, Ask God takes the top five questions from that survey and analyzes them from ... See full summary »

Director: Warren Marcus
Stars: Pat Robertson, Anita Gillette, Steve Allen
The Magic Lie (TV Series 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Doreen Brownstone, Donna Christie, Michael J. Fox
Sex and the Single Parent (TV Movie 1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Jackie Cooper
Stars: Warren Berlinger, Dori Brenner, Justin Dana
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Guy Bannerman ...
Shirley Barclay ...
...
...
...
...
...
Mary Jackson ...
...
Margaret Martin ...
...
...
...
Robert Stelmach ...
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 November 1979 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's a sin to grow old...
23 January 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

...and from between 1974 until about 1988 or so, no one was better at getting to the truth of teaching us that then Art Carney. Following his Oscar-Winning performance in Harry and Tonto, Carney had about a dozen opportunities to deliver nuanced performances across a number of films and a variety of genres on both the big screen and TV. Many of these characters mixed the wisdom gained through the years with the chagrin of being pushed aside because of those same years. This included fine performances in The Late Show, Going In Style, W. W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, and this made-for-TV movie, Letters From Frank. Of these, Letters From Frank about a 65-year-old Editor being put out to pasture, probably showcased his ability to express his anger through vitriolic anger the most; in the others mentioned, he limited himself to one vitriolic episode per movie and other engaged mostly in sardonic whimsy. This distinction alone would be enough reason to give a quick look at Letters From Frank, but despite a confusing and mostly one-note first third, there are many jewels on display here.

Maureen Stapleton is a joy to watch as Frank's feisty wife, Betty, who helps him finally getting over getting mad and to focus on getting himself better before taking on the issue of exacting a small measure of justice. Lew Ayres and Margaret Hamiltion get to show that they haven't lost their sense of timing and a young Michael J. Fox makes a nice contribution. In the midst of the final payoff, the two unknowns who play the movers almost steal the movie altogether. Mike Farrell and Jenny O'Hara are appropriate as Frank's son Richard, the recipient of the letters, and his supportive wife.

By 2/3rds through, you'll know how it all ends up. It doesn't matter because as Frank is reminded, it's not the destination that matters, but the quality of the journey.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
letters from frank chez4mark182
Discuss Letters from Frank (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page