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This Is My Father (1998)

R | | Romance, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »

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Kieran Johnson
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Jack
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Seamus
Moira Deady ...
Mrs. Kearney
Susan Almgren ...
Betty
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Maria
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Nuala
Françoise Graton ...
Old Fiona
Joel Gordon ...
Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt ...
Female Student
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Female Student
Terrence Scammell ...
Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy ...
Woman Farmer
Aiden Condron ...
Bartender
Peadar Lamb ...
Man in Pub
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of Kilronan, County Galway, Ireland after he discovers an old photograph of her, she who now cannot speak due to a stroke, with a man he has never seen. He suspects this man may be his biological father. On the urging of his sister, Kieran takes his teen-aged nephew Jack on the trip. In Kilronan, Mrs. Kearney, the innkeeper's mother and a bit of a gypsy woman who has lived in the area for the better part of her life, tells Kieran and Jack about life in the town in 1939 when a high-spirited Fiona Flynn, Kieran's mother, started seeing a peat farmer named Kieran O'Day. Kieran O'Day grew up a "poorhouse bastard", and as such he was always shy and considered an outsider amongst the townsfolk. Because of his standing in the community and the differences in their ages (she being only seventeen, he in his ... Written by Huggo

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A Journey Of The Heart.

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Romance | Drama

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$54,876, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

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$1,078,737, 10 October 1999
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Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
Father Quinn: How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day: Ogh.
Father Quinn: More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day: I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn: What do you think about when you touch yourself?
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Father Quinn: Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day: Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn: How old is she?
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What a great film.
27 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Very well acted and well written. Beautifully filmed, with great music. But a sad tale. I am of Irish lineage, and I can see why my ancestors left Ireland. I wonder how many lives the Roman Catholic Church ruined with their meddling. Aidan Quinn and Moya Farrelly are terrific.


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