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Frankie Starlight (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  22 November 1995 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corban Walker ...
Frank Bois
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Handy Paige
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Senior Customs Officer
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Jack Kelly
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Bernadette
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 ...
Interpretor
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
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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 <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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22 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$78,168 (USA)
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Referenced in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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From My Window
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Emilie A. Bernstein
Performed by Belinda B. Pigeon
Produced by Michael Omartian
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I Wish More People Could See This
15 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the great "unknowns" in the movie world: a great film seen by very few people. I'm still waiting for the DVD but not holding my breath. Thankfully, my VHS is still good. But like anything good, we'd like to share this with others and most people have never heard of this movie.

For those sensitive souls who enjoy a fascinating portrait of an unusual person or persons that is both sad and uplifting, this is your ticket. It has both, in spades.....a haunting film you can't forget. It's a tragic tale yet has a happy ending of sorts and leaves you feeling satisfied.

What it is, and I can't remember if it is based on real-life situation, is the story of a woman who has a dwarf for a son and what happens to the two of them, beginning in France, moving to Ireland, over to the United States and then back to Ireland.

Along the way, the mother, played so sadly by French actress Anne Parillaud (the original La Femme Nikita), gets involved with two men: Gabriel Byrne and Matt Dillon. All three of these adults are really interesting, likable people, but nothing like the dwarf, who is played magnificently by two actors. Alan Pentony plays "Frankie" has a child and a more lovable kid would be hard to find. Corbin Walker does a great job of playing the adult "Frankie." Trust me: you will not forget either of them.

Walker narrates the film, telling it mostly in flashback style, from his best-selling book. In addition to his mom and the two father-figures in his life, is a short story of Frankie's love affair with astronomy and the stars, hence "Frankie Starlight."

The only profane character in the movie is the book publisher who has two short scenes. That, and two quick sex scenes, give it the "R" rating. Otherwise, this is wonderful old-fashioned storytelling, the kind that makes you really care about the characters.


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