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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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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 & 6 nominations See more »
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A subtly written and acted film See more (181 total) »


  (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
Ed Bulman .... foley editor
Ed Bulman .... foley recordist
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
Aaron Coot .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Location Management
Miglet Crichton .... assistant location manager
Beverley Syme .... location manager
Jacqueline Wylie .... location trainee: Scottish Screen
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
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)
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
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?

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 »
Continuity: When Lizzie is climbing up the hill to the overlook, her knees are wet before she kneels on the grass.See more »
Lizzie:We had an arrangement. You broke it.
The Stranger:One more day that's all.
Lizzie:No, no, no. I want you to go now. It's over, do you hear me, it's over.
The Stranger:My ship sails on Monday. There is only one more day.
Lizzie:Who the hell do you think you are? Who gave you the right to come in here and behave like this?
The Stranger:You did.
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How does it end?
What did Frankie's da do?
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71 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A subtly written and acted film, 7 March 2005
Author: delphine090 from United States

I saw the movie last night in Los Angeles - it's only playing at a couple of theaters. Other reviews undoubtedly explain the premise of this film so I'll dispense with that . . .

Folks looking for a lot of exposition or for a film that screams "Hey! Look over here!!", or Gerry Butler fans looking for some of that famous sex appeal should be warned. This film is very subtly written and acted. Much of the story is told on the characters' faces, on what that tells you about what is going on internally within the characters. The characters aren't archetypes (i.e., villain, precocious kid, cynical older woman) but real and complex people who like the rest of us face life without histrionics or mugging for the camera. No plots are hatched but we see choices have been made in increments so that the idea of hiring a "stranger" to play dad does not seem contrived. I disagree that the audience is being manipulated; in fact, what could be a predictable manipulative ending is not, and is left to the viewer to interpret. The film tells you a story but doesn't try to tell you how to feel about it. Even the music is simple and subtle, no sweeping rifts to get your emotions going. It is a quiet film with a good story and people you end up caring about - as if you'd peered into their lives for a few days.

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