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Finnegan Begin Again (1985)

Mike Finnegan is nearing retirement and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Liz DeHaan, who... See full summary »

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Walter Lockwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz DeHaan
Robert Preston ... Mike Finnegan
Sam Waterston ... Paul Broadbent
Sylvia Sidney ... Margaret Finnegan
David Huddleston ... Jack Archer
Bob Gunton ... Christian Jamison
Giancarlo Esposito ... Intruder
Russell Horton ... Mort
Avery Brooks ... Dude on Bus
Peter Friedman ... John Jewell
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Dr. Binder
Frederick Strother ... Elias Williams (as Fred Strother)
Ron McLarty ... Leo the Bartender
Rick Warner Rick Warner ... Charlie DeWitt
Jan Guarino Jan Guarino ... Ticket Seller
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Storyline

Mike Finnegan is nearing retirement and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Liz DeHaan, who is dating a man with whom she is hopelessly mismatched. They become confidants and each allows the other to share their life and experiences with them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A comedy with Heart

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finnegan Begin Again See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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A TV movie made for the HBO network. See more »

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Mike Finnegan: [singing] There was a man named Michael Finnegan. He grew whiskers on his 'chin'-negan. He shaved them off and they grew back in again. Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin again.
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Gentle, witty, funny, quirky and warm
27 June 1999 | by brontySee all my reviews

"Finnegan Begin Again", originally an HBO film, features the great Robert Preston (in his second-to-last film performance) and Mary Tyler Moore in a lovely, gently quirky tale of a May-December romance. Mike Finnegan (Preston), a newspaper columnist who ghosts as an advice-for-the-lovelorn matron, is married to Margaret, a woman who is not only a few years older than he but also suffering from what is apparently (but unnamed) dementia; he accepts the fact that, beyond whatever deep love he may have for his wife, that she is, in fact, lost in the mists of her dreams and recollections, a state reflected in their once-grand home in a once-grand, but now unsafe, area: it is as cluttered with remnants of the past as Margaret's mind, perhaps even more so. By chance - and here the writers have cleverly avoided the "meet cute" - on the bus, Mike meets Liz Dehan, a widowed art teacher, who is on her way to meet the very married Paul, a funeral director, at their usual, seedy motel room. Mike fancies himself an arm-chair Sherlock Holmes, watching people for the sheer interest in them but seeing clues as to what their lives are like, and he openly practices this on Liz, much to her dismay. Despite this tense beginning between them, a warm friendship develops and they find that there may, in fact, be more than friendship at play. Much like other Mary Tyler Moore films, this is played as strictly "dramedy" and it strikes just the right chord while doing it. The chemistry between the cast as a whole, and Moore and Preston in particular, is palpable, warm, and real. The direction, by Joan Micklin Silver, is reliably sure-handed, and serves the film well. It's a funny, warm, lovely movie, one that should appeal not only to an older audience but those younger audiences with mature tastes. Currently available only on VHS, this is certainly a film worth discovering!


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