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After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

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Cast

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Mary Riggans ...
Nell
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Marie
Sophie Main ...
Serious Girl
Katy Murphy ...
Miss MacKenzie
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Jayd Johnson ...
Anna Hepburn ...
Headmistress
Rony Bridges ...
Post Office Clerk
Douglas Stewart Wallace ...
Stamp Shop Keeper
Elaine M. Ellis ...
Librarian (as Elaine Mackenzie Ellis)
Carolyn Calder ...
Barmaid
John Kazek ...
Ally
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Storyline

Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day... Written by Pathe

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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14 January 2005 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Querido Frankie  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,162 (Hong Kong) (1 July 2005)

Gross:

$1,340,891 (USA) (1 July 2005)
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Trivia

Jack McElhone (Frankie) is not deaf but worked with a speech coach so that his one spoken line would sound correct. See more »

Goofs

In one of Frankie's letters to his dad, the text of the letter does not correspond to the voiceover. We hear Frankie say, "Ricky Munroe told me. Trust him to put his big feet right in it." but the letter reads, "Trust him to put his size threes right in it." See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: We had an arrangement. You broke it.
The Stranger: One more day that's all.
Lizzie: No, no, no. I want you to go now. It's over, do you hear me, it's over.
The Stranger: My ship sails on Monday. There is only one more day.
Lizzie: Who the hell do you think you are? Who gave you the right to come in here and behave like this?
The Stranger: You did.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... all at Deaf Connections, ... all at Sigma Films, ... Esther and Harvey ... See more »

Soundtracks

Spiegel im Spiegel
(1978)
Music by Arvo Pärt
© 1978, 1986 by Universal Edition A.G. Wien
By permission of Universal Edition (London) Ltd.
Performed by Josephine Knight (cello) and Christopher Ross (piano)
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Beautiful.
26 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, Dear Frankie is a true hidden gem without the glossy cloak of stardust that you get with so many films. It's definitely in among my favourites.

It has a unique and thoughtful storyline that is portrayed by the perfect combination of actors. There are no superstars or big names, just a group of people who want to make a film that pulls heartstrings which it does successfully. Dear Frankie gives you that rare feeling of sadness and happiness which is hard to forget.

It was a true masterpiece, the most near-perfect film that I have ever come across.It was the only film to ever bring tears to my eyes, which is quite a feat.


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