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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


When Lizzie is climbing up the hill to the overlook, her knees are wet before she kneels on the grass. See more »


[writing a letter to his dad]
Frankie (Voice-Over): Dear Da, did you know something? We're moving again. Ma says it's time. She says it's definitely the last time but she says that every single time. Nana Gourley says, if there is a next time, they'll have to carry her out in a box and ma says don't tempt her!
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Crazy Credits

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


Written by Damien Rice
(p) & © Damian Rice
Administered by Warner / Cjappell Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Damien Rice
Under license to Vector Recordings, LLC / Warner Bros. Records Inc / 14th Floor Recordings
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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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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