Robert Preston is retired and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Mary Tyler Moore who is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz DeHaan
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Paul Broadbent
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Jack Archer
Christian Jamison
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Robert Preston is retired and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Mary Tyler Moore who is dating a man with whom she is hopelessly mismatched. They become confidants and each allows the other to share their life and experiences with them. Written by John Vogel <>

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A comedy with Heart


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24 February 1985 (USA)  »

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A Volta Por Cima  »

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Title character's name is based upon an old Irish song that Robert Preston sings during the movie: "There was a man named Michael Finnigan. He had whiskers on his chin-igan. The wind came up and blew them in-igan. Poor old Michael Finnigan!". See more »


Mike Finnegan: [singing] There was a man named Michael Finnegan. He grew whiskers on his 'chin'-negan. He shaved them off and they grew back in again. Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin again.
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Chatty, witty showcase for two fine actors...
6 October 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

HBO was still finding its footing in 1985 in regards to cable-made programming, but "Finnegan Begin Again" was a bright spot for the channel, snugly fitting in between a TV movie-of-the-week and a less-sensational film meant for theatrical release. Robert Preston does wonders with an impossible creation, that of Michael Finnegan, who might best be described as a cynical optimist (his anonymously-written advice column is tart and brutally truthful, while he skips along the crime-ridden streets of Virginia with joie de vivre); Mary Tyler Moore is a teacher having an affair with a married man who crosses his path. Written by Walter Lockwood, this romantic comedy is filled with interesting conversations and amusing repartee that bring out the best in both Preston and Moore (this was probably the warmest and most approachable Moore had been in some time). One particular scene of slapstick nonsense threatens to mar the film, and Sam Waterston is all over the place as Moore's married lover, but the main focus is on the satin-and-sandpaper relationship between the two principals, and they make the film worthwhile.

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