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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


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 »


[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 »


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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!


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