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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon's Mother
Jon's Father
Radio DJ
Billie Traynor ...
Cafe Lady
Shane O'Brien ...
Chris McHallem ...
Michael James Ford ...
Port Official
Management Guru
Rosalind Adler ...
German Mother


Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On May 9, take off the mask See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frenk  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,056 (USA) (15 August 2014)


$644,906 (USA) (5 December 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the biggest chunk of the movie is set in Ireland and both stars of the film are Irish (Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson) neither one of them is Irish in the movie. Fassbender's character is American (specifically from Kansas) and Gleeson's character is British. See more »


When Jon and Clara are in the hot tub, you hear the sound of vigorous bubbles, yet the water is perfectly calm. See more »


Jon Burroughs: He said I was cherishable, and he picked me to join the band.
Clara: You are fingers being told which keys to push.
Jon Burroughs: I push my own keys...
Clara: Ten little bits of bone and skin.
Jon Burroughs: And I'm perfectly capable of going to my furthest corners and composing music.
Clara: Your furthest corners?
Jon Burroughs: My furthest corners.
Clara: Someone needs to punch you in the face.
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll with colored tiles floating and rotating in the background. At one point for a second, the tiles form Frank's head. See more »


Featured in Projector: Frank (2014) See more »


On Top of Old Smokey
Vocals by Maggie Gyllenhaal
Performed by The Soronprfbs
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Absolutely awful
17 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Did ANYONE involved in this terrible film actually ever see Frank Sidebottom other than a picture of him? Why is he speaking with an American accent? Why is he portrayed as this enigmatic figure? Why is he not singing awful songs?

I would have preferred to see a biopic about the ACTUAL Frank, whose story is far more interesting.

Also the head was "too good" in that it looked well made as opposed to a crappy papier mache mask.

And no little frank?

Maggie Gylenhall is perhaps the least attractive human being alive.

Domnhall Gleeson gives a great performance though.

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