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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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Ronan O'Leary, Chet Raymo (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Sometimes the brightest star is the one that shines within. 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:

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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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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 »

Connections

Features A Place in the Sun (1951) 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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18 November 2011 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

The story of a man suffering Dwarfism, his autobiography and book(and what happens to him in his adult life, following the publication) offering a chronology of the life his independent and determined mother Bernadette, who escapes France during WWII, has an affair with a married Irish immigration official after reaching those shores, and finally tries to make life work in Texas. She is inspiring as she keeps fighting in spite of adversity and trying to make things right, not putting her burden on others. And her son, the titular Frank, is an image of how poorly "unusual" people are treated, and sadly it results in his low self esteem. This is a very touching film, without devolving into melodrama or manipulation. It utilizes a few brief instances to convey to you what this particular situation is like, it's not hammered home or lingered on, so instead we can move on to the next thing. It leads to a movie that comments well on several things without being preachy - social behavior, religion, and human nature. Not every character is entirely developed, but you get a sense of what they're like, and they do feel like real people. While they may not be likable, you can recognize them, and not only outside of yourself. The performances are great. There is a little language and sexuality, none of it gratuitous, in this. The DVD comes with a trailer for this and a photo gallery. I recommend this to fans of the actors and of drama. 7/10


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