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Dean Spanley (2008)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 12 December 2008 (UK)
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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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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£42,898 (UK) (14 December 2008)
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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 »

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Fisk Senior: Do not presume to judge me, young Fisk.
Fisk Junior: I should first have to understand you, father. And that, I confess, I do not.
Fisk Senior: Perhaps you would have to become a father first.
Fisk Junior: Your example disinclines me to that particular comprehension I'm afraid.
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Oh Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?
Performed by Musica Sacra Orchestra (as Musica Sacra)
Written by William Boyce
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21 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was primarily funded by the New Zealand Film Trust (or something like that). Sam Neill is like you have never seen him before (quite frankly I didn't think he had it in him) and Peter O'Toole is simply marvelous. Proving that age does not diminish true talent. The first 1/2 hour seems to drag due to character development, but the final 45 minutes is about the best movies have to offer. If your heart doesn't wrench and tears don't form, then you're simply not human. This is one of the top 5 films I have ever seen and the standard that I will forever hold "art" movies against. You MUST watch this movie. It is one of the finest ever made and one that I will always remember. For a generation that grew up on Tarantino films and the SAW series this will teach them what film-making is all about.


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