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Dear Frankie (2004)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Details

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

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

Frankie: [to the Stranger] You... coming... back?
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

The Great White Horse
(1970)
Written by Buck Owens and Leanne Scott
Published by Sony / ATV Music Publishing Limited
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A young boy with a hearing disability writes letters to his absent dad.
7 March 2005 | by swanzerSee all my reviews

The movie Dear Frankie is a wonderful story about a boy with a hearing impairment who does not speak. The actor who portrays him does an amazing job communicating without words, his need and longing for his father. Emily Mortimer, who plays his mother in a passionate performance, attempts to protect her son from the truth about his absent father. Her struggle with the truth is a difficult road that is lightened slightly by the woman who plays her mother. I enjoyed Gerard Butler's performance as the Stranger. This part for him was a nice transition from the action movie characters he played previously and as the Phantom of the Opera. He brings a broody, stand-offish quality to the Stranger that draws you in and makes you want to see what will happen with the three characters. He may have the ability to become one of those actors that truly can steal your heart with an Oscar winning performance. The movie has twists and turns to completely exhaust those that may have an emotional nature. The movie starts out a little slow but turns into a fantastic, heart warming experience. The setting, in my opinion, does great credit to the movie since the beauty of Scotland can be viewed in its landscape shots of Glascow. In my opinion, Dear Frankie is an emotional roller-coaster that I would ride again and again. If only it would be out in more theaters nationwide.


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