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My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)
"Dean Spanley" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 December 2008 (UK)
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Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

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Dean Spanley
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Swami Nala Prash
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Nawab of Ranjiput
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Harrington Fisk
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Woman in Cloisters
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Boy in Cloisters
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Foxy Lady
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Each Thursday, a man approaching middle age calls upon his father, aged, caustic, nihilistic, and emotionally distant, perhaps from the loss of a son in the Boer War and his wife soon after. On this day, the son suggests they attend a visiting guru's lecture on the transmigration of souls. There they chat with a vicar and a soldier of fortune; dinner follows. Over glasses of Hungarian Tokay, the vicar, Dean Spanley, tells a story of friendship, freedom, and reincarnation. In what earthly way could this tale connect father and son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the classic novel by Lord Dunsany See more »

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Rated PG for some thematic material and mild language | See all certifications »

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£42,898 (UK) (12 December 2008)

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£42,898 (UK) (12 December 2008)
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Peter O'Toole said the use of comedy to explore the relationship between a father and son was part of what attracted him to the film. He remarked: "All of us had difficult familial relationships. I think it's a film for all of us who understand the relationship between a father and son. It's been interesting watching various members of the crew looking at the monitors during scenes. They come up to me then and say "I had the same thing with my father." See more »

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Fisk Senior: There's no point to regretting things that have gone to the trouble of happening
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Dean Spanley - an unforgettable experience
25 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An incredibly pleasant and unexpected surprise.

Surrender the one hundred minutes and be attentive to this incognito masterpiece - a refreshingly warm and wonderful experience perpetrated by the author, the producer, the director and consummate actors in made-for-roles. For the mature of all ages.

Quote - Young Fisk: "It is a common place observation that remarkable events often have ordinary beginnings"

Quote - Old Fisk to Young Fisk: "One moment you are running along, the next, you are, no more"

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