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Frankie Starlight (1995)

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end ... See full summary »

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Ronan O'Leary, Chet Raymo (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corban Walker ... Frank Bois
Niall Toibin ... Handy Paige
Owen Roe ... Senior Customs Officer
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Kelly
Anne Parillaud ... Bernadette
Alan Devine Alan Devine ... Boy On Beach No. 1
Edward Naessens Edward Naessens ... Boy On Beach No. 2
Laurent Mellet Laurent Mellet ... Boy On Beach No. 3
Ulrich Funke Ulrich Funke ... German Officer
Guy Verame Guy Verame ... Interpretor
Christine Keane Christine Keane ... Mother Of Sick Child
Victoria Begeja Victoria Begeja ... Anne Marie Bois
Julian Negulesco Julian Negulesco ... Bernadette's Uncle
Jean-Claude Frissung Jean-Claude Frissung ... Albert Bois (as Jean Claude Frissung)
Corine Blue Corine Blue ... Bernadette's Aunt
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This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end of WWII as she attempts to smuggle herself to America on a troop ship. Caught, she is put ashore back in her homeland of Ireland where she struggles to bring up her dwarfed child. Then comes an ongoing affair with a man (Byrne) who becomes a surrogate father to the boy, teaching him about the stars and planets... and calling him "Frankie Starlight." After that affair she meets with a man (Dillon) who takes her and the boy to America, but they are misfits in the prairie lands of the West and soon return home to Ireland where the boy grows to manhood as a writer. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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From the Maker of "My Left Foot" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

Ireland | UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csillagok szerelmese See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kildare, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,694, 26 November 1995

Gross USA:

$103,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,365
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is an adaptation of Chet Raymo's novel 'The Dork of Cork'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Century of Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

From My Window
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Emilie A. Bernstein
Performed by Belinda B. Pigeon
Produced by Michael Omartian
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A visionary film, rare indeed, and most aptly titled.
2 January 2001 | by jack_94706See all my reviews

Byrne's work, usually excellent, blends in subtly here, works its power through understatement, underplaying. His character's kindness lights and lifts Frankie to the stars, literally and figuratively, but Frankie's star shines brightest. "Frankie Starlight" begs description; the type of beautiful, warm story that just isn't made anymore, that isn't believable, even when it's a true story, as this one is. These movies just don't exist, we're told. I liked "My Left Foot" which received more critical attention and did better at the box office than "Frankie." But "Frankie" -- for no good reason, none I can state --left a warmer, happier impression; maybe because its heroics were less dramatic; it's a simpler story. A "Little, Big Man" without cowboys and Indians, and in this case a really little "little, big man" -- how do you sell such a film? What's that? He's not an American, either? Too bad. Got art-film house written all over it. Yada yada yada. Yet I want to see "Frankie" again -- and then read him, too. Learn a lot more. A fine film, generally low-key, sotto voce -- and so much more powerful because it is.


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