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Dear Frankie -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Andrea Gibb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 January 2005 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Modern Fairytale See more (176 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emily Mortimer ... Lizzie

Jack McElhone ... Frankie
Mary Riggans ... Nell

Sharon Small ... Marie
Sophie Main ... Serious Girl
Katy Murphy ... Miss MacKenzie

Sean Brown ... Ricky Monroe

Jayd Johnson ... Catriona
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

Gerard Butler ... The Stranger
Garry Collins ... Waiter
Anne Marie Timoney ... Janet
Maureen Johnson ... Singer
Andrea Gibb ... Waitress

Cal Macaninch ... Davey
Sharon MacKenzie ... Staff Nurse
Jonathan Pender ... Frankie (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Harrison ... Pub Character (uncredited)
Alan Marsh ... Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Shona Auerbach 
 
Writing credits
Andrea Gibb (screenplay)

Produced by
Gillian Berrie .... co-producer
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
Angus Finney .... executive producer
Matthew T. Gannon .... co-producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer
Brian Kaczynski .... line producer
Cameron McCracken .... executive producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Caroline Wood .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex Heffes 
 
Cinematography by
Shona Auerbach (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Oral Norrie Ottey 
 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Kernke 
 
Art Direction by
Margaret Horspool 
 
Costume Design by
Carole K. Millar 
 
Makeup Department
Laura Hill .... makeup assistant
Irene Napier .... hair designer
Irene Napier .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marissa Carrera .... third assistant director (as Marissa Carrara)
Joe Geary .... first assistant director
Michael Queen .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brian Adams .... carpenter (as Brian John Adams)
Alan Ashby .... plasterer
Muir Balfour .... carpenter
Brian Boyne .... stagehand (as Brian A. Boyne)
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... dressing propsman
Paul Curren .... chargehand painter
Sam Curren .... painter
Colin H. Fraser .... construction manager (as Colin Fraser)
Derek Fraser .... construction chargehand
Iain Geddes .... painter
Richard Hassall .... stand-by construction
Caroline McDonald .... art department assistant (as Caroline MacDonald)
Gemma McGeadie .... art trainee: RSAMD
Elaine McLenachan .... production buyer
Tim Monroe .... stand-by art director
Danny Oji .... plasterer (as Daniel C. Oji)
Danny Oji .... stagehand (as Daniel C. Oji)
Bob Orr .... prop master
Neil Querns .... carpenter
Lucy Vaughan .... art trainee: Scottish Screen
Angus West .... laborer
Billy Wilson .... dressing propsman
Billy Wilson .... stand-by rigger
Ross Wilson .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Peter Brill .... location sound mixer
Edward Bulman .... foley editor (as Ed Bulman)
Edward Bulman .... foley recordist (as Ed Bulman)
Mike Grimes .... assistant sound effects editor
Cy Jack .... adr recordist: Glasgow
Dan Johnson .... assistant dubbing mixer
Hugh Johnson .... dubbing mixer
Bronek Korda .... adr recordist: Glasgow
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Alastair Mason .... boom operator
Kenny McLeod .... assistant adr recordist
Marcus Oliver .... dubbing assistant
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Stirk .... adr editor
Graeme Stoten .... adr recordist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Anderson .... camera trainee: Scottish Screen
Jaspreet Bal .... focus puller: second camera (as Jazprette Bal)
Anna Benbow .... clapper loader: second camera
Neil Davidson .... still photographer
Arthur Donnelly .... electrician (as Arthur Donnely)
Graeme Dunn .... camera operator
Kevin Higgins .... grip
Paul McGeachan .... gaffer
Brian McGee .... generator operator
Campbell McIntosh .... electrician (as Campbell Macintosh)
Alan McSheehy .... camera operator: second camera
Kevin O'Brien .... focus puller
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator
Julia Robinson .... clapper loader
Gary Thompson .... best boy (as Garry Thompson)
Mark Tillie .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Kahleen Crawford .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lesley Abernethy .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Nicola Armstrong .... post-production coordinator
Rachel Connors .... post-production assistant
Steve Ferguson .... editor trainee: Scottish Screen (as Steven Ferguson)
Steven Forrester .... first assistant editor
Sarah Hughes .... negative checker
 
Music Department
Gemma Dempsey .... music supervisor
David Juritz .... orchestra leader
Ian MacPherson .... orchestrator (as Ian Macpherson)
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Andy Richards .... music mixer: Out of Eden
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Sam Southwick .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Brian Boyne .... driver (as Brian A. Boyne)
Jas Brown .... unit driver
Tommy Bryce .... unit driver
Jim Cardy .... driver: facilities
Jeff Derby .... driver: facilities (as Jeffrey Derby)
Roddy Garden .... driver: props runaround
Paul Heavey .... driver: camera car
Robbie Kirkpatrick .... driver: minibus
Bill McKeller .... driver: facilities
Stuart McKeller .... driver: facilities
 
Other crew
Lindsey Alexander .... chaperone
Alison Brister .... legal affairs: Ingenious Films
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach
Alison Campbell .... production coordinator
Claire Chapman .... head of production: Scottish Screen
Miglet Crichton .... assistant location manager
Brendan Diver .... catering manager
Linsey Donnelly .... chaperone
Pierre Du Plessis .... legal and business affairs executive: Pathé Pictures (as Pierre du Plessis)
Simon Fawcett .... financial director: Pathé Pictures
Linda Fraser .... accounting assistant
Graham Galloway .... floor runner
Graham Galloway .... stand-in
Celine Haddad .... head of creative affairs: Pathé Pictures
Carol-Anne Henderson .... floor runner
Carol-Anne Henderson .... stand-in
Sarah Hughes .... rights and clearances
John Jaggon .... accounts: Ingenious Films
Paula Jalfon .... physical production: Ingenious Films
Wendy Kidd .... unit publicist
Scott Leadbetter .... production trainee: Scottish Screen
Susie Lee .... floor runner
Susie Lee .... stand-in
Ranald Maclean .... production runner (as Ranald MacLean)
Myra McCormick .... tutor
Janice McElhone .... chaperone
Suzanne McGeachan .... script supervisor (as Suzanne Clegg)
Steve McIntyre .... chief executive: Scottish Screen
Jack Myles .... legal and business affairs executive: Pathé Pictures
Joan Napier .... tutor
Frederico Piacentini .... caterer
Carole Sheridan .... head of development: Scottish Screen
Shaw Statham .... production accountant
Stef Swiatek .... unit nurse coordinator (as Stefania Swiatek)
Beverley Syme .... location manager
Alison Thompson .... head of international sales: Pathé Pictures
Derek Todd .... deaf advisor
Alison Wallace .... floor trainee: Scottish Screen
Lucy Warnes .... deaf advisor
Michael Wilson .... assistant coordinator
Susanna Wyatt .... head of physical production: Pathé Pictures
Jacqueline Wylie .... location trainee: Scottish Screen
Derek Yeaman .... band organizer
Gordon Carroll .... advisor: philately (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Elza Auerbach .... special thanks
Peter Auerbach .... special thanks
Mary Brehony .... special thanks
Lee Bye .... special thanks
Leonard Crooks .... special thanks (as Lenny Crooks)
Will Davies .... special thanks
Anna Duffield .... special thanks
Dixie Goddard .... special thanks
Tony Goddard .... special thanks
Wendy Goddard .... special thanks
Abi Leland .... special thanks
Gillane Lister .... special thanks
Abigail Payne .... special thanks
Angus Pigott .... special thanks: Sigma Films (as Angus Pigot)
Natasha Ross .... special thanks
Sarah Sulick .... special thanks
 
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language
Runtime:
105 min
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:LH | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12A (edited for re-rating) | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: When Lizzie is reading the last letter, it says "Thanks for the book" twice, but it is only read once.See more »
Quotes:
Lizzie:I had a good time tonight.
The Stranger:Don't sound so surprised.
[pause]
The Stranger:He's got your eyes. They... pull you right in.
Lizzie:Don't know what to say to that
The Stranger:You don't have to say anything.
Lizzie:You don't have to say nice things to me. I'm not paying you for that.
The Stranger:So why don't you want to hear them?
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Soundtrack:
Spiegel im SpiegelSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
What did Frankie's da do?
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Modern Fairytale, 30 March 2005
Author: from South London, UK

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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