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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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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 »


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

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9 April 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have never seen a better movie on TV than "The Blackwater Lightship."

Declan (Keith McErlean) is in his final stages of AIDS and decides to spend the last of his days at his grandmother Dora's (Angela Lansbury) house. His mother Lily (Dianne Wiest) and sister Helen (Gina McKee) come to be with him, as well as two of his friends, Paul (Sam Robards) and Larry (Brian F. O'Byrne). As his family learns to accept the fact that he's dying, they begin to mend their relationships with each other and to forget a long-time misunderstanding that had kept them apart for many years.

I can't find the words to say what a strong, powerful, emotional movie this is about life and love. For fans of Angela Lansbury and Dianne Wiest, this is a must-see (although, of course, it's a must-see for everyone). If you missed it when it aired in February, catch it when it's on again...don't forget to bring a box of tissues!

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