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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lizzie
... Frankie
Mary Riggans ... Nell
... Marie
Sophie Main ... Serious Girl
Katy Murphy ... Miss MacKenzie
... Ricky Monroe
... 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
... 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 (148) »

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 2005 (USA)  »

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

Nell: I knew something like this was going to happen. I told you, didn't I? What are we going to do?
Lizzie: Move.
Nell: Lizzie, darling, listen, I - you cannot keep running, you got to face this sometime. Tell Frankie the truth. He should know what his daddy was. Then maybe he'd stop wishing for him.
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Spiegel im Spiegel
(1978)
Music by Arvo Pärt
© 1978, 1986 by Universal Edition A.G. Wien
By permission of Universal Edition (London) Ltd.
Performed by Josephine Knight (cello) and Christopher Ross (piano)
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Beautiful.
26 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, Dear Frankie is a true hidden gem without the glossy cloak of stardust that you get with so many films. It's definitely in among my favourites.

It has a unique and thoughtful storyline that is portrayed by the perfect combination of actors. There are no superstars or big names, just a group of people who want to make a film that pulls heartstrings which it does successfully. Dear Frankie gives you that rare feeling of sadness and happiness which is hard to forget.

It was a true masterpiece, the most near-perfect film that I have ever come across.It was the only film to ever bring tears to my eyes, which is quite a feat.


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