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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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Shona Auerbach

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Andrea Gibb (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Mortimer ... Lizzie
Jack McElhone ... Frankie
Mary Riggans Mary Riggans ... Nell
Sharon Small ... Marie
Sophie Main Sophie Main ... Serious Girl
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Miss MacKenzie
Sean Brown ... Ricky Monroe
Jayd Johnson ... Catriona
Anna Hepburn Anna Hepburn ... Headmistress
Rony Bridges Rony Bridges ... Post Office Clerk
Douglas Stewart Wallace Douglas Stewart Wallace ... Stamp Shop Keeper
Elaine M. Ellis Elaine M. Ellis ... Librarian (as Elaine Mackenzie Ellis)
Carolyn Calder Carolyn Calder ... Barmaid
John Kazek John Kazek ... Ally
Gerard Butler ... The Stranger
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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 (149) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Querido Frankie See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 reading the last letter, it says "Thanks for the book" twice, but it is only read once. See more »

Quotes

The Stranger: Frankie's a very... very lucky boy.
Lizzie: How'd you figure that one out? I'm his mother and I lie to him every single day.
The Stranger: No. No, you protect him every single day
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... all at Deaf Connections, ... all at Sigma Films, ... Esther and Harvey ... See more »

Soundtracks

Kill the Enemy
Written by Dean Garcia & Ian Martin
Published by Chrysalis Music Limited
Performed by Vaccine
(p) & © Dean Garcia
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How naive to think that all movies do not "manipulate"
14 August 2004 | by betut-1See all my reviews

I thought "Dear Frankie" was a delightful film. It was supposed to be a tear jerker! I felt the acting was true (especially the work done by the child who played Frankie) and that the story, while fanciful in some portions, was good. In my opinion, the story was about the lengths a parent will go to in protecting their child from the ugliness of the world. Why must films always emulate reality? What is wrong with telling just a sweet, gentle story? Emily Mortimer was great, portraying a woman who had to be strong, yet who was also vulnerable, who was barely holding life together for her son and mother. Jack McElhone was terrific as her son. He was neither a cloyingly innocent deaf "victim" or the smart butt kid typically portrayed in current films. Gerard Butler did a good job of conveying "the man behind the disguise" as his interaction with Frankie progressed. I saw this film at the LA Film Festival, and judging by the audience reaction, I was not the only viewer who was enchanted by this movie. Those of you looking for a gritty slice of life would be wise to avoid "Dear Frankie". But if you want to spend some time in a world were parents DO care and good things do happen to those who are deserving, then this is the film for you.


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