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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.

Director:

Shona Auerbach

Writer:

Andrea Gibb (screenplay)
8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack McElhone (Frankie) is not deaf but worked with a speech coach so that his one spoken line would sound correct. See more »

Goofs

In one of Frankie's letters to his dad, the text of the letter does not correspond to the voiceover. We hear Frankie say, "Ricky Munroe told me. Trust him to put his big feet right in it." but the letter reads, "Trust him to put his size threes right in it." See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: We had an arrangement. You broke it.
The Stranger: One more day that's all.
Lizzie: No, no, no. I want you to go now. It's over, do you hear me, it's over.
The Stranger: My ship sails on Monday. There is only one more day.
Lizzie: Who the hell do you think you are? Who gave you the right to come in here and behave like this?
The Stranger: You did.
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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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Perfect
21 January 2005 | by alan.hughesSee 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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