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The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  4 February 2004 (USA)
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A man in the final stages of AIDS is cared for by his sister and mother and grandmother.



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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marijka Bardin ...
Young Helen
Sean Campion ...
Michael Breen
Barry Cassin ...
Fr. Griffin
Angela Harding ...
Mrs. Byrne
Laura Hughes ...
Ruth McCabe ...
Dr. Louise
Frank McCusker ...
Maria McDermottroe ...
Madge Kehoe
Essie Kehoe
Kevin O'Dwyer ...


When his AIDS reaches the terminal stages, gay Declan Kehoe returns to his Irish coastal home, or actually grandma's, near a lightship site. Caring boyfriends help him and his wining female relatives deal with unresolved family issues as well as his physical syndrome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Blackwater Lightship (#53.2)  »

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When their father photographs Helen and Declan they look straight into the camera. When the picture develops they look to the side. See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Great STORY and Fantastic ACTING!
5 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This made for TV Film had a wonderful cast of actors, fantastic photography of the coast line of Ireland with its quaint cottages and lighthouse. Keith McErlean (Declan),"At Death's Door",'99 became sick with AIDS and his family came to his aid along with his faithful loving men friends. His mother, Dianne Wiest,"I am Sam",'02 and grandmother, Angela Lansbury (Dora),"Gaslight",'44", along with his sister found out he was gay and did not realize how deeply he was loved. Coping with the AIDS in the family magically drew all the immediate family together and they came to terms with their great misunderstanding of each other. Old and Young a like had a great learning experience and were able to accept the FEELINGS they all deeply shared with its other. Words cannot describe the great message this film had to offer along with the great physical suffering AIDS can cause to the human body. If you missed this picture, view it the next time it is shown on TV!!

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