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The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

A man in the final stages of AIDS is cared for by his sister and mother and grandmother.

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(screenplay), (novel) (as Colm Toibin)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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

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4 February 2004 (USA)  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Beautiful setting, superior acting and screenplay!
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw 'The Blackwater Lightship' originally on the Hallmark Playhouse on television..complete with numerous commercials! I loved the film so I bought the DVD from Hallmark...minus commercials...what a treat...the film doesn't play like usual TV movies...with a 'hanger' right before the commercial to hold your interest and get one to return to the film after the commercial.

This film plays smoothly as one piece....not fragmented and spotty like most TV films.

The cast is magnificent....the sublime Angela Lansbury playing the Irish granny...Diane Wiest as the daughter of GRanny, and with several actors who were unfamiliar to me.

However two actors I am familiar with are Sam Robards (have to see more of his work) and Brian F. O' Bryan (I know I didn't get this name correctly, but he is currently collecting all the awards on Broadway this season for his superb work in 'Doubt') They are exceptional as two gay friends of Wiest's son who is dying of Aids.

With an Irish seaside setting (the Blackwater Lightship) and superb character transformations...this is a film I recommend unhesitatingly.


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