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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.



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


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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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4 February 2004 (USA)  »

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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 »


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

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Angela Landsbury Steals the Show
5 February 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Although a bit of weepy, well done, particularly Angela Landsbury's performance. I grew up in Ireland and I was completely convinced that she was an Irish actress for the first half hour before I realized that this was the amazing Ms. Landsbury. This is a heartwarming story of the reconciliation of three generations of women come together because of the terminal illness of the 30yr old grandson.

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