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Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 15 April 2005 (USA)
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After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

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Mary Riggans ...
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Marie
Sophie Main ...
Serious Girl
Katy Murphy ...
Miss MacKenzie
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Ricky Monroe
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Catriona
Anna Hepburn ...
Headmistress
Rony Bridges ...
Post Office Clerk
Douglas Stewart Wallace ...
Stamp Shop Keeper
Elaine M. Ellis ...
Librarian (as Elaine Mackenzie Ellis)
Carolyn Calder ...
Barmaid
John Kazek ...
Ally
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Storyline

Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day... Written by Pathe

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stranger | letter | seaside | dock | boy | See All (148) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido Frankie  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,542, 6 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,340,891, 4 July 2005
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The song that plays while Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) is sitting on a bench crying after a fruitless attempt to find a "daddy" for Frankie, is written by one of the most famous contemporary Estonian composer - Arvo Pärt. See more »

Goofs

When Lizzie is climbing up the hill to the overlook, her knees are wet before she kneels on the grass. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: I had a good time tonight.
The Stranger: Don't sound so surprised.
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The Stranger: He's got your eyes. They... pull you right in.
Lizzie: Don't know what to say to that
The Stranger: You don't have to say anything.
Lizzie: You don't have to say nice things to me. I'm not paying you for that.
The Stranger: So why don't you want to hear them?
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Special thanks to ... all at Deaf Connections, ... all at Sigma Films, ... Esther and Harvey ... See more »

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The Great White Horse
(1970)
Written by Buck Owens and Leanne Scott
Published by Sony / ATV Music Publishing Limited
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Perfect
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the best films I have seen for many years. The photography is absolutely marvellous; it hardly needs anything else.

The acting is restrained, measured and true. I couldn't get much better than this.

It is true that it is emotionally laden but it is not all sadness, there is also humour, affection, and most importantly hope. If you find it too emotional you can always pretend that smoke got in your eyes.

Isn't the function of a good film to try and draw out emotions ? It is especially rewarding when these are positive and natural rather than base and specious.

An easy 10 out of 10


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