Down 684 this week

Frankie Starlight (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  22 November 1995 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 747 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 5 critic

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end ... See full summary »


, (novel), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
a list of 429 titles
created 06 Jan 2014
a list of 273 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 90 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 1532 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Frankie Starlight (1995)

Frankie Starlight (1995) on IMDb 6.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Frankie Starlight.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Finbar and Danny are close childhood friends who live in a depressing neighbourhood in an Irish town. Finbar gets the chance to play soccer in an international soccer team abroad but can't ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Clayton
Stars: Luke Griffin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sean Lawlor
Falling for a Dancer (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant. Community pressure forces her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Standeven
Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Dermot Crowley, Liam Cunningham
Golden Gate (1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A brash 22-year-old FBI agent trumps up charges of Communist spying against a Chinese laundryman. Ten years later, he wants to make amends to the man and his teenage daughter.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Matt Dillon, Joan Chen, Elizabeth Morehead
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Danny Glover, Matt Dillon, Rick Aviles
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich
Rebel (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from... See full summary »

Director: Michael Jenkins
Stars: Matt Dillon, Debra Byrne, Bryan Brown
The War Zone (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth
Stars: Ray Winstone, Lara Belmont, Freddie Cunliffe
Kansas (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director: David Stevens
Stars: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A con man (Dillon) travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for...

Director: Matt Dillon
Stars: Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha McElhone
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After failing school, 18 year old Irish leaves his small town of Kerry to find work. In London, he finds a job at an oil refinery and befriends a crude Scottish worker, but soon starts ... See full summary »

Director: Owen McPolin
Stars: Andrew Scott, James Quarton, Eva Birthistle


Cast overview, first billed only:
Corban Walker ...
Frank Bois
Handy Paige
Senior Customs Officer
Jack Kelly
Alan Devine ...
Boy On Beach No. 1
Edward Naessens ...
Boy On Beach No. 2
Laurent Mellet ...
Boy On Beach No. 3
Ulrich Funke ...
German Officer
Guy Verame ...
Christine Keane ...
Mother Of Sick Child
Victoria Begeja ...
Anne Marie Bois
Julian Negulesco ...
Bernadette's Uncle
Jean-Claude Frissung ...
Albert Bois (as Jean Claude Frissung)
Corine Blue ...
Bernadette's Aunt


This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end of WWII as she attempts to smuggle herself to America on a troop ship. Caught, she is put ashore back in her homeland of Ireland where she struggles to bring up her dwarfed child. Then comes an ongoing affair with a man (Byrne) who becomes a surrogate father to the boy, teaching him about the stars and planets... and calling him "Frankie Starlight." After that affair she meets with a man (Dillon) who takes her and the boy to America, but they are misfits in the prairie lands of the West and soon return home to Ireland where the boy grows to manhood as a writer. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Sometimes the brightest star is the one that shines within. See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »


Official Sites:


| | |


Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A csillagok szerelmese  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$78,168 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »


From My Window
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Emilie A. Bernstein
Performed by Belinda B. Pigeon
Produced by Michael Omartian
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Blown away by performances of first-time actors
6 July 2001 | by (Toronto, Ont. Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw this film on TV last night, and was blown away by the performances of Alan Pentony and Corban Walker, as the child and adult Frankie. When I read the credits and saw an Acting Coach listed for them, I guessed they were first-time actors. This was confirmed by the Showcase movie host after the film, and makes their achievements even more impressive. Kudos to director Michael Lindsay-Hogg!

Gabriel Byrne was also wonderful - charming and tender - the farewell scene in the park was heartbreaking in its understated simplicity. I'm not a big fan of Anne Parillaud - I saw her in "La Femme Nikita" and an amusing American vampire/cop comedy whose title I can't recall - and the charm of that doe-eyed silent gaze wears off after you've seen it a few times. Still, she conveys the mysterious allure necessary for this role, and it's easy to see why these men fall for her.

Overall, "Frankie Starlight" is a lovely movie, and it's a shame it didn't do better at the box office. Anyone who loves the music of an Irish accent, as I do, will be charmed by that, even if nothing else in this beautiful story (which has a happy ending, by the way!) catches your fancy. Plus, the score under the closing credits was a gorgeous piano and cello combination which kept the mood to the end.

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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Dork of Cork Roseblossom-1
Why isn't this film on DVD? suroora
Actor Who Played Title Character giverny98
European version? Hariette
Colin Farrell weroanska
Underrated wonderful film pluto-11
Discuss Frankie Starlight (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: