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My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)

Dean Spanley (original title)
PG | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara Wilshere ...
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Angela Clerkin ...
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Dudley Sutton ...
Shaughan Seymour ...
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Charlotte Graham ...
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Haydon Downing ...
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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 »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Il magnifico Spanley  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£42,898 (UK) (12 December 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cricket in the ballroom scene is filmed in the same room of Elveden Hall, Suffolk, England, UK as the trade conference in Tangier in The Living Daylights (1987), and the balcony from where James Bond shoots General Pushkin can clearly be seen. See more »


Mrs Brimley: Sat in that chair night after night, never said a word.
Mrs Brimley: Just nodded, sociable-like, and spat in the fire every now and again.
Mrs Brimley: That were Albert's one bad habit.
Mrs Brimley: I talk to the chair sometimes and it's just like old times.
Mrs Brimley: Except the chair don't spit.
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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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