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Frankie Starlight (1995)

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

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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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A csillagok szerelmese  »

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$78,168 (USA)
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This is an adaptation of Chet Raymo's novel 'The Dork of Cork'. See more »

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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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A beautiful movie written with care and acted with skill and empathy
21 April 1999 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Corban Walker and Alan Pentony are both wonderful (would love to see more performances by both) and give the nuanced portrayals that give the title character life and depth that linger past the end of the movie. Gabriel Byrne also is particularly good as one of the two "fathers" that give Frankie all the love and acceptance of which they are capable; the flaws of these men show their compassion that much more clearly. The central figure of Frankie's mother remains elusive (purposefully) and one of her chief motivations is let drop mid-way through the film; but the resolutions of the film are perfect and the astronomy theme provides a setting for most of the actors to portray greater depth for their characters.


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