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The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

A man in the final stages of AIDS is cared for by his sister and mother and grandmother.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Shane Connaughton (screenplay), Colm Tóibín (novel) (as Colm Toibin)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dianne Wiest ... Lily
Gina McKee ... Helen
Keith McErlean Keith McErlean ... Declan
Angela Lansbury ... Dora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marijka Bardin Marijka Bardin ... Young Helen
Sean Campion ... Michael Breen
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Fr. Griffin
Angela Harding Angela Harding ... Mrs. Byrne
Laura Hughes Laura Hughes ... Anne
Ruth McCabe ... Dr. Louise
Frank McCusker Frank McCusker ... Harry
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Madge Kehoe
Dearbhla Molloy ... Essie Kehoe
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Larry
Kevin O'Dwyer Kevin O'Dwyer ... Young Declan
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Storyline

When his AIDS reaches the terminal stages, gay Declan Kehoe returns to his Irish coastal home, or actually grandma's, near a lightship site. Caring boyfriends help him and his wining female relatives deal with unresolved family issues as well as his physical syndrome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Blackwater Lightship (#53.2) See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When their father photographs Helen and Declan they look straight into the camera. When the picture develops they look to the side. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Beautiful setting, superior acting and screenplay!
30 May 2005 | by catman47See all my reviews

I saw 'The Blackwater Lightship' originally on the Hallmark Playhouse on television..complete with numerous commercials! I loved the film so I bought the DVD from Hallmark...minus commercials...what a treat...the film doesn't play like usual TV movies...with a 'hanger' right before the commercial to hold your interest and get one to return to the film after the commercial.

This film plays smoothly as one piece....not fragmented and spotty like most TV films.

The cast is magnificent....the sublime Angela Lansbury playing the Irish granny...Diane Wiest as the daughter of GRanny, and with several actors who were unfamiliar to me.

However two actors I am familiar with are Sam Robards (have to see more of his work) and Brian F. O' Bryan (I know I didn't get this name correctly, but he is currently collecting all the awards on Broadway this season for his superb work in 'Doubt') They are exceptional as two gay friends of Wiest's son who is dying of Aids.

With an Irish seaside setting (the Blackwater Lightship) and superb character transformations...this is a film I recommend unhesitatingly.


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