Down 9,427 this week

Fran (1985)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 52 users  
Reviews: 4 user

A single mother, Fran (Noni Hazlehurst) is selflessly devoted to her children. But something is lacking in her life, and that something is the love of a man her own age. Her efforts to ... See full summary »



0Check in

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1054 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
a list of 58 titles
created 07 Mar 2012
a list of 21 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
list image
a list of 712 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
a list of 394 titles
created 15 May 2014

Related Items

Search for "Fran" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Fran (1985)

Fran (1985) on IMDb 6.5/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fran.
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Iron Island (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Squatters, mostly Arabs in Persia, live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children attend a school on board; men harvest scrap metal and old oil in the hull; women keep ... See full summary »

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Stars: Ali Nassirian, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh, Neda Pakdaman
Sweeney 2 (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Second cinematic spin-off from the popular 70's police series. Regan & Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Denholm Elliott
Mirage (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.

Director: Svetozar Ristovski
Stars: Vlado Jovanovski, Marko Kovacevic, Jordanco Cevrevski
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu
Stars: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji
Otogiriso (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Nami has been creating artwork for a new video game based on images she's been seeing in her dreams. With one of the game producers, she travels out to an abandoned house that seems to ... See full summary »

Director: Ten Shimoyama
Stars: Megumi Okina, Yôichirô Saitô, Kôji Ohkura
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An attorney decides to take a trip with his father to their isolated family cabin to talk things out but their ensuing family argument is suddenly interrupted by two escaped convicts.

Director: Victor Salva
Stars: Dean Stockwell, James Remar, Jason Behr
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman
Sex & the Single Mom (TV Movie 2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A single mother has to come to terms with her own hypocrisy when she carries on an out-of-wedlock affair while preaching celibacy to her teen daughter.

Director: Don McBrearty
Stars: Gail O'Grady, Grant Show, Danielle Panabaker
Cloud 9 (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A romantic drama about a woman who enters into an affair after 30 years of marriage.

Director: Andreas Dresen
Stars: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A fatal love triangle. Ilias, already sixty years old, returns to his almost deserted village in Greece after thirty years of hard labor in the factories of Germany. He purchases a ... See full summary »

Director: Vasilis Douvlis
Stars: Arto Apartian, Maria Skoula, Artur Luzi
Sans rancune! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A seventeen yr old Laurent finds himself in a school for war heroes children. His french teacher is also his missing WW2 fighter pilot father.

Director: Yves Hanchar
Stars: Milan Mauger, Thierry Lhermitte, Benoît Cauden
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Shin and Sara have been engaged for two years. They once had an argument and agree to have fun individually. Sara's best friend Jeana who always has a soft spot on Shin, she then tried ... See full summary »

Director: Wilson Chin
Stars: Calinda Chan, Dada Chan, Pak-yu Chan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ...
Annie Byron ...
Alan Fletcher ...
Narelle Simpson ...
Travis Ward ...
Rosie Logie ...
Danny Adcock ...
Michael Butlin
Penny Brown ...
Sally Aspinal
Faith Clayton ...
Waigani Supervisor
Richard Tulloch ...
Peter Cook
Colin McEwan ...
Graham Brooks
Rosemary Harrison ...
Carol Brooks
Paul Della-Marta ...
Tony Simpson
Tina Wundenberg ...
Annie Simpson


A single mother, Fran (Noni Hazlehurst) is selflessly devoted to her children. But something is lacking in her life, and that something is the love of a man her own age. Her efforts to juggle a love life with her home life are largely unsuccessful. Written by Sam

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

21 November 1985 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Rakkauden kaipuu  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Debut theatrical feature film directed by Glenda Hambly. The picture remains [to date, May 2014] the first, final and only ever cinema movie directed by Hambly. See more »


Features Cop Shop (1977) See more »


Drunken Medley: Shuffle Off to Buffalo / Put Your Arms Around Me and Hold Me Tight /
When You Were Sweet Sixteen / I've Got You my Skin / Unchained Melody" (uncredited)
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren / James Thornton / Junie McCree and Albert von Tilzer / Cole Porter / music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret
Performed by Noni Hazlehurst, with modified lyrics
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

call her irresponsible, but nobody could love her children as much as ...
19 September 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Australian writer/director Glenda Hambly presents the title character, flaws and all, a mother who acts to effectively abandon her children in favor of a romantic life. However what saves Fran from condemnation is the great empathy created by the performance of Noni Hazelhurst. Hazelhurst isn't afraid to present Fran as stupid or ugly or child-like, her desperation highlighted in the scene where she begs her husband not to leave her alone with her children in suburbia. She also makes Fran's anger at the child welfare agency she calls the "Department of Good Intentions" funny, revealing an arrested development based on her own history of being a foster child.

Hambly's sad tale portrays the repetitive nature of abuse, with Fran acting the same way her mother did, and the accusation that her new boyfriend Jeff (Alan Fletcher) having abused Fran's eldest daughter Lisa (Narelle Simpson) aligned with Fran telling us that Jeff's father abused him. In the final image of Lisa, Hambly also suggests that she too will continue the cycle. The treatment stops us from viewing Fran as a tragic victim, since we don't see her trying to work whilst her children are at school, when her pride makes her refuse her to accept government support. The misanthropy of Fran's neighbor, Marg (Annie Byron, also an abandoned mother, doesn't progress into lesbianism, but whilst Marg's assessment of the men in Fran's life is correct, it still reads as a sign of resignation by Marg. Misguided Fran's priorities may be, but the idea that she needs a individual life apart from her children is valid.

The lighting in a fight scene is perhaps too dark to conceal the violence, but later Hazelhurst looks incredibly beautiful in a moment of reaction to Jeff.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fran (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: