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Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 15 April 2005 (USA)
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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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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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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stranger | letter | seaside | dock | boy | See All (147) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Querido Frankie  »

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Opening Weekend:

$37,542 (USA) (4 March 2005)

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$1,340,891 (USA) (1 July 2005)
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The song that plays while Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) is sitting on a bench crying after a fruitless attempt to find a "daddy" for Frankie, is written by one of the most famous contemporary Estonian composer - Arvo Pärt. 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: Right, if he's not back in five minutes, I'm going to the docks myself.
Nell: How do you even know that's where he is?
Lizzie: Where would you go if it was you?
The Stranger: He won't go on that ship.
Nell: How do you know what he would do? You've not even met him.
The Stranger: He doesn't want to spoil the surprise. If I was a betting man -
[Nell glares at the Stranger]
The Stranger:
  • which I'm not, I'd put money on it.



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

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The Great White Horse
(1970)
Written by Buck Owens and Leanne Scott
Published by Sony / ATV Music Publishing Limited
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Outstanding in every aspect that a movie should be
17 October 2004 | by (Loveland, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw Dear Frankie October, 15th and was more than delighted in the film. It is fantastically moving, and even though it is not filmed with enormous 'dramatics', as the blockbuster Hollywood films are, it is so amazingly 'real' - and thus captivating. I heard that the first screening left the actors stunned to wait so long for the standing ovation to subside - I can see why.

The acting is superb, but the story is marvelous. It is a film with a not-so-simple message - one that moves the soul. One moment you are entertained with quick-witted humor, and the next moment your heart fills with compassion. It's simplicity is one of it's main high points and the absence of Hollywood "flash" is refreshing!

Heart-warming and pleasantly humorous - I would recommend it to anyone!

I loved it and plan on seeing it again. 5 stars for Dear Frankie!

Lori


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