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Hear My Song (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  February 1992 (USA)
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The film is based loosely on the life of the Irish Tenor, Josef Locke (1917-1999). The film's exposition begins in Liverpool's Irish community... See full synopsis »

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Brian Flanagan ...
Constance Cowley ...
Nurse
Marie Mullen ...
Micky's Mum
Phil Kelly ...
Ronnie Lavelle
Jean Blanchflower ...
Ronnie's Mum
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Nancy Doyle
John Dair ...
Derek
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Gordon
John Neville Rufus Altman ...
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Joe Cuddy ...
Franc Cinatra
Britta Smith ...
Kitty Ryan
Gladys Sheehan ...
Grandma Ryan
Gina Moxley ...
Brenda Ryan
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
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The film is based loosely on the life of the Irish Tenor, Josef Locke (1917-1999). The film's exposition begins in Liverpool's Irish community... See full synopsis »

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Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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The film cost less than £2 million to make and was shot in Ireland in under 6 weeks. Then first time director Peter Chelsom and co-writer/ star Adrian Dunbar took it to the Cannes Film Festival in search of a buyer. There, Harvey Weinstein snapped up the American distribution rights for Miramax, thus ensuring the film of a high degree of visibility. This duly paid off with its success at the American and UK box office, and a Golden Globe nomination for Ned Beatty. See more »

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Micky O'Neill: You're drivin' like a madman.
Fintan O'Donnell: You think this is bad? You should see me when I'm on me own!
Micky O'Neill: Sure I'd hate to be with you when you're on your own.
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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »

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I'll Take You Home Again Cathleen (sic)
Written by Thomas Payne Westendorf (as Westendorf), arranged by Parry
Performed by Brian Hoey
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8 June 2002 | by (Whitechapel after dark) – See all my reviews

Gee, good story. Great scenery. Excellent acting. Great music. Tara Fitzgerald unclothed. Well, Tara's nude scene was less than germane to the plot, though I think she's totally yummy. Ned Beatty actually pulled the role of Jo Locke off quite well, not going over the top trying to lay on the old Irish brogue bit too heavy. The Locke vocals were sung by Vernon Midgely, & since I had never heard music like that before, I was knocked out. The trad Irish "diddly-diddly" tunes in the soundtrack are by Patrick Street, one of the best contemp Irish bands you can find. Adrian Dunbar, who co-wrote the screenplay with author Peter Chelsom, was wonderful, as semi-crooked music hall manager Mickey O'Neill. Tara Fitzgerald portrayed Nancy Doyle, O'Neill's "fiancee", & brings the role off very well. James Nesbitt, who may be known from "Ballykissangel", plays O'Neill's best friend back in Ireland. Shirley Anne Field, one of Britain's true beauties of the 60's, plays Fitzgerald's mother, a flame left behind by Beatty's Jo Locke, when he left England as a tax exile in the '50's. I just wish we could get a Director's Cut here in the States, as the US theatrical & video releases list actors(Brian Flanagan as "Young Mickey", Constane Cowley as "Nurse, and Marie Mullen as "Mickey's Mum") in the credits which for some inexplicable reason were cut from the North American release. This scene has to do with why Mickey O'Neill can't tell someone he loves them(i.e. Tara Fitzgerald as Nancy). Rumour has it "Hear My Song" will be re-released on DVD in the UK in July '09....but a US release is still delayed so DVD makers can press more boxed sets of "Dog, The Bounty Hunter", anime, and Hannah Montana(whose "movie" was actually directed by Peter Chelsom, who directed and wrote "Hear My Song") Still, this is a wonderful movie,


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