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Frankie Starlight (1995)

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corban Walker ... Frank Bois
Niall Toibin ... Handy Paige
Owen Roe ... Senior Customs Officer
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Kelly
Anne Parillaud ... Bernadette
Alan Devine Alan Devine ... Boy On Beach No. 1
Edward Naessens Edward Naessens ... Boy On Beach No. 2
Laurent Mellet Laurent Mellet ... Boy On Beach No. 3
Ulrich Funke Ulrich Funke ... German Officer
Guy Verame Guy Verame ... Interpretor
Christine Keane Christine Keane ... Mother Of Sick Child
Victoria Begeja Victoria Begeja ... Anne Marie Bois
Julian Negulesco Julian Negulesco ... Bernadette's Uncle
Jean-Claude Frissung Jean-Claude Frissung ... Albert Bois (as Jean Claude Frissung)
Corine Blue Corine Blue ... Bernadette's Aunt
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Storyline

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end of WWII as she attempts to smuggle herself to America on a troop ship. Caught, she is put ashore back in her homeland of Ireland where she struggles to bring up her dwarfed child. Then comes an ongoing affair with a man (Byrne) who becomes a surrogate father to the boy, teaching him about the stars and planets... and calling him "Frankie Starlight." After that affair she meets with a man (Dillon) who takes her and the boy to America, but they are misfits in the prairie lands of the West and soon return home to Ireland where the boy grows to manhood as a writer. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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From the Maker of "My Left Foot" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

Ireland | UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csillagok szerelmese See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kildare, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,694, 26 November 1995

Gross USA:

$103,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,365
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is an adaptation of Chet Raymo's novel 'The Dork of Cork'. See more »


Soundtracks

From My Window
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Emilie A. Bernstein
Performed by Belinda B. Pigeon
Produced by Michael Omartian
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Blown away by performances of first-time actors
6 July 2001 | by tmccullSee all my reviews

Saw this film on TV last night, and was blown away by the performances of Alan Pentony and Corban Walker, as the child and adult Frankie. When I read the credits and saw an Acting Coach listed for them, I guessed they were first-time actors. This was confirmed by the Showcase movie host after the film, and makes their achievements even more impressive. Kudos to director Michael Lindsay-Hogg!

Gabriel Byrne was also wonderful - charming and tender - the farewell scene in the park was heartbreaking in its understated simplicity. I'm not a big fan of Anne Parillaud - I saw her in "La Femme Nikita" and an amusing American vampire/cop comedy whose title I can't recall - and the charm of that doe-eyed silent gaze wears off after you've seen it a few times. Still, she conveys the mysterious allure necessary for this role, and it's easy to see why these men fall for her.

Overall, "Frankie Starlight" is a lovely movie, and it's a shame it didn't do better at the box office. Anyone who loves the music of an Irish accent, as I do, will be charmed by that, even if nothing else in this beautiful story (which has a happy ending, by the way!) catches your fancy. Plus, the score under the closing credits was a gorgeous piano and cello combination which kept the mood to the end.


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