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Dear Frankie -- This touching and humorous movie has earned the raves of critics and won the hearts of audiences everywhere! To spare the feelings of her boy, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) secretly authors letters from the boy's father. Torn between exposing the truth and protecting her son, Lizzie gets more than anyone bargained for when she hires a handsome stranger for a day to play the role of a lifetime!
Dear Frankie -- US Home Video Trailer from Miramax
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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Release Date:
15 April 2005 (USA) See more »
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 » | Full synopsis »
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8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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)

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
Mags Horspool  (as 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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Jack McElhone (Frankie) is not deaf but worked with a speech coach so that his one spoken line would sound correct.See more »
Continuity: When Lizzie is climbing up the hill to the overlook, her knees are wet before she kneels on the grass.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.
See more »
I'll Be There for YouSee more »


How does it end?
What did Frankie's da do?
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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A Heart-Tugging Family Romance, 12 March 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Dear Frankie" is a heart-tugging family romance with decidedly non-Hollywood touches that add to its charm and poignancy.

We are swept into both sides of an unusual epistolary relationship -- one between a mother and son, as each takes on alternative identities to communicate, and we get to hear their adopted voices as well.

The son is an isolated deaf kid who won't talk but pours out his heart in letters, while his fiercely protective mother pretends to be his fictional seagoing dad in response. We are drawn into their parallel stories from each perspective, as their defensively claustrophobic relationship has an outlet in this fictional geography as they gradually start dealing with the real world.

Emily Mortimer combines strength and naked vulnerability, as she did in "About Adam" and "Lovely and Amazing," while the son is captivating in an almost mimed role without being as treacly as the kid playing Peter in "Finding Neverland." Debut director Shona Auerbach keeps the movie tethered to reality with evocative use of Glasgow and its active port. We are anchored in a working class bloke territory that becomes a rocky shore for an untethered single mom living with her mother and her kid. This is tellingly symbolized when Mortimer braves a rough waterfront bar.

And then re-emphasized in a hotel tea parlor whose atmosphere electrically changes the minute rugged Gerard Butler pops up on screen. Epitomizing that cinematic manliness that is so talked about as lacking from most American actors these days, Butler's absolutely authentic masculinity instantly telescopes what this mother and child have been missing, and not just his sexual gravitas. Butler movingly demonstrates how a guy's guy plays paternal through such simple things as football, skipping stones, eating and of course dancing.

I don't know if I missed the clues to the concluding twists, but Hollywood would never let these lovely mysteries be, let alone as an achingly long look into each's eyes.

It's nice to see faces from Scottish TV shows in atypical roles, Sharon Small deservedly having a steady boyfriend on screen for a change, and Cal Macaninch, the nice guy from "Rockface" as the not nice guy here.

The Scots accents are thick and I did miss some punch lines in the dialog here and there.

The song selections are lovely, including a Damien Rice track that hasn't been overused yet.

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