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Finnegan Begin Again (1985)

Mike Finnegan is nearing retirement and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Liz DeHaan, who... See full summary »

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Walter Lockwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz DeHaan
Robert Preston ... Mike Finnegan
Sam Waterston ... Paul Broadbent
Sylvia Sidney ... Margaret Finnegan
David Huddleston ... Jack Archer
Bob Gunton ... Christian Jamison
Giancarlo Esposito ... Intruder
Russell Horton ... Mort
Avery Brooks ... Dude on Bus
Peter Friedman ... John Jewell
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Dr. Binder
Frederick Strother ... Elias Williams (as Fred Strother)
Ron McLarty ... Leo the Bartender
Rick Warner Rick Warner ... Charlie DeWitt
Jan Guarino Jan Guarino ... Ticket Seller
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Storyline

Mike Finnegan is nearing retirement and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Liz DeHaan, who is dating a man with whom she is hopelessly mismatched. They become confidants and each allows the other to share their life and experiences with them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A comedy with Heart

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finnegan Begin Again See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Title character's name is based upon an old Irish song that Robert Preston sings during the movie: "There was a man named Michael Finnigan. He had whiskers on his chin-igan. The wind came up and blew them in-igan. Poor old Michael Finnigan!". See more »

Quotes

Liz DeHaan: [to Mike Finnegan] You are utterly presumptuous.
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Sweet romantic drama
21 October 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you watch the first ten minutes of Finnegan Begin Again and reach for the remote to turn it off, you're not alone. I almost stopped watching the movie, too. Robert Preston is an extremely kooky character, and it seems like the film will be two hours of his oddities that are supposed to be cute, charming, or funny, but don't really cut the mustard. If you keep the film running, though, you'll watch a very slow-burning, sweet, romantic drama, with some very good acting from Robert Preston and Sylvia Sidney. And keep your eye out for a very young Giancarlo Esposito!

In his second-to-last movie, Robert Preston is married to Sylvia Sidney, writes a romantic advice column for a newspaper, and rides the bus every day because his car was stolen years ago. While on the bus, he meets Mary Tyler Moore, who's having an affair with Sam Waterston, who's married and has three children. Don't worry, it's not very confusing. The two leads strike up a friendship, and as Robert helps Mary sort out the problems in her life, she brings some much-needed joy into his. It's really a very sweet friendship, but as light as the film starts out, it contains some pretty heavy scenes that might require Kleenexes to get through.

All in all, there's a lot to be learned from Finnegan Begin Again. Big problems can happen to ordinary people, whether it be a mugging, job insecurity, health issues, or falling in love with the wrong person. If you like the type of movie that you can really take a bite out of, rent this flick.


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