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This Is My Father (1998)

R | | Romance, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Johnson
Moira Deady ...
Mrs. Kearney
Susan Almgren ...
Françoise Graton ...
Old Fiona
Joel Gordon ...
Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt ...
Female Student
Female Student
Terrence Scammell ...
Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy ...
Woman Farmer
Aiden Condron ...
Peadar Lamb ...
Man in Pub


Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of Kilronan, County Galway, Ireland after he discovers an old photograph of her, she who now cannot speak due to a stroke, with a man he has never seen. He suspects this man may be his biological father. On the urging of his sister, Kieran takes his teen-aged nephew Jack on the trip. In Kilronan, Mrs. Kearney, the innkeeper's mother and a bit of a gypsy woman who has lived in the area for the better part of her life, tells Kieran and Jack about life in the town in 1939 when a high-spirited Fiona Flynn, Kieran's mother, started seeing a peat farmer named Kieran O'Day. Kieran O'Day grew up a "poorhouse bastard", and as such he was always shy and considered an outsider amongst the townsfolk. Because of his standing in the community and the differences in their ages (she being only seventeen, he in his ... Written by Huggo

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A Journey Of The Heart.


Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apám története  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,876, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,078,737, 10 October 1999
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1.78 : 1
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Last cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »


Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
Father Quinn: How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day: Ogh.
Father Quinn: More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day: I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn: What do you think about when you touch yourself?
Father Quinn: Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day: Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn: How old is she?
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References Camille (1936) See more »


Written by Le Blanc
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Blessed Relief
30 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

There aren't many films these days that bring a tear to the eye for legitimate emotional reasons. "This is my Father",happily, is one of them that should! Beautifully acted, imaginatively directed, this movie will undoubtedly have a short run. It doesn't meet today's standards of gore, brutality or computer generated non-realities. But if you want to see a movie that will tug at your heart and sensitivities,hurry down and see this heartbreaking ,yet heartwarming, story of requited ,yet unfulfilled, love.My test for a movie is very simple and timeworn. If I am sorry to see the credits roll, I know I've seen a fine movie.Man,was I sad to see those credits roll on bye.

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