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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 overview, first billed only:
Handy Paige
Senior Customs Officer
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 <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)  »

Also Known As:

A csillagok szerelmese  »

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This is an adaptation of Chet Raymo's novel 'The Dork of Cork'. See more »


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
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Big man, small body
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Frankie Starlight" is a sensitive, plaintive, wistful and sometimes ethereal drama about the life of a man and his struggle with dwarfism. The film brings together an solid cosmopolitan cast as it tells the story of Frankie as both a man and a boy with scenes of each interleaved. Though the film is not evocative or compelling, it is mildly entertaining and well shot, directed, and acted. Good easy going stuff with little to fault.

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