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Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 April 2005 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Mary Riggans ...
Sophie Main ...
Serious Girl
Katy Murphy ...
Miss MacKenzie
Jayd Johnson ...
Anna Hepburn ...
Rony Bridges ...
Post Office Clerk
Douglas Stewart Wallace ...
Stamp Shop Keeper
Elaine M. Ellis ...
Librarian (as Elaine Mackenzie Ellis)
Carolyn Calder ...
John Kazek ...


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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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido Frankie  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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


When Lizzie is reading the last letter, it says "Thanks for the book" twice, but it is only read once. See more »


Lizzie: It must be some life, seeing all those different places.
The Stranger: You should know... you've been writing from them for years.
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Special thanks to ... all at Deaf Connections, ... all at Sigma Films, ... Esther and Harvey ... See more »


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A Modern Fairytale
30 March 2005 | by (South London, UK) – See all my reviews

The beautiful princess is trapped by the evils in her past, she is icy, almost dead to anything but the need to keep the truth from Frankie, her 9 year old son. But Frankie is smart and resourceful and will save her, as well as any son in a storybook. This is a beautiful film, a fantasy with a stark and realistic background, which can also take your breath away with wonder, as one of the characters comments for herself. The synopsis does not do justice to the stately and beguiling way this tale is told - the shocks and surprises are never gratuitous and the happy ever after ...? Well, that would be telling. Emily Mortimer conveys the paralysis of fear and yearning without any showiness, the spare and well-crafted dialogue tells us a little less than we would like to know, but the suspense is not unpleasant. The supporting players have colour and substance and the man who agrees play the part of Frankie's dad, is portrayed with heart-breaking restraint by Gerard Butler, who after his showier role in 'Phantom of the Opera' demonstrates that his has real and effective range. But the boy is a wonder of subtlety and sincerity. A lovely film.

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