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My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)

Dean Spanley (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 12 December 2008 (UK)
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Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director:

Toa Fraser

Writers:

Alan Sharp, Lord Dunsany (novel) (as Baron Dunsany)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Northam ... Fisk Junior
Sam Neill ... Dean Spanley
Bryan Brown ... Wrather
Peter O'Toole ... Fisk Senior
Judy Parfitt ... Mrs. Brimley
Art Malik ... Swami Nala Prash
Ramon Tikaram ... Nawab of Ranjiput
Xavier Horan ... Harrington Fisk
Barbara Wilshere ... 1st Lady
Angela Clerkin Angela Clerkin ... 2nd Lady
Dudley Sutton ... Marriot
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Wine Shop Proprietor
Charlotte Graham Charlotte Graham ... Woman in Cloisters
Haydon Downing Haydon Downing ... Boy in Cloisters
Miriama McDowell ... Foxy Lady
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Storyline

Each Thursday, a man approaching middle age calls upon his father, aged, caustic, nihilistic, and emotionally distant, perhaps from the loss of a son in the Boer War and his wife soon after. On this day, the son suggests they attend a visiting guru's lecture on the transmigration of souls. There they chat with a vicar and a soldier of fortune; dinner follows. Over glasses of Hungarian Tokay, the vicar, Dean Spanley, tells a story of friendship, freedom, and reincarnation. In what earthly way could this tale connect father and son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A shaggy dog story that will warm the heart of even the meanest Scrooge See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic material and mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

New Zealand | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynas Spenlis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£42,898 (United Kingdom), 14 December 2008, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cricket in the ballroom scene is filmed in the same room of Elveden Hall, Suffolk, England, UK as the trade conference in Tangier in The Living Daylights (1987), and the balcony from where James Bond shoots General Pushkin can clearly be seen. See more »

Quotes

Fisk Senior: There's no point to regretting things that have gone to the trouble of happening
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Jerusalem
Written by William Blake (uncredited) and music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (as Hubert Parry)
Performed by Kim Hegan
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To mis-quote Tokaji's description - film of kings and king of films
5 November 2011 | by iain-218See all my reviews

Like a fine wine this film moves its way around the palette. Roles are superbly under-played; silence replaces explosion, wry smile for laughter, lingering looks without raised eyebrows. This is a play of manners, a perfectly pitched study in to the calm veil that shields all from underlying raw emotions.

What's it about? Well it has men, women, dogs and wine; it is set in Edwardian England, and if having watched it you think its about man's best friend, then please avoid having children, let your genes stop with you.

To me Dean Spanley was like one of those magic eye pictures; where you may stare for a long time before the mind relaxes and lets you realise what you are looking at - and in this case it is a real work of art.

Be warned this is a deceptively powerful story - take tissues.


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