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This Is My Father (1998)

R | | Romance, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »

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Paul Quinn

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Paul Quinn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Kieran Johnson
Jacob Tierney ... Jack
Colm Meaney ... Seamus
Moira Deady Moira Deady ... Mrs. Kearney
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Betty
Pauline Hutton Pauline Hutton ... Maria
Fiona Glascott ... Nuala
Françoise Graton Françoise Graton ... Old Fiona
Joel Gordon Joel Gordon ... Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt Alexandra Spunt ... Female Student
Victoria Sanchez ... Female Student
Terrence Scammell ... Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy Pat Leavy ... Woman Farmer
Aiden Condron Aiden Condron ... Bartender
Peadar Lamb Peadar Lamb ... Man in Pub
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Storyline

Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of Kilronan, County Galway, Ireland after he discovers an old photograph of her, she who now cannot speak due to a stroke, with a man he has never seen. He suspects this man may be his biological father. On the urging of his sister, Kieran takes his teen-aged nephew Jack on the trip. In Kilronan, Mrs. Kearney, the innkeeper's mother and a bit of a gypsy woman who has lived in the area for the better part of her life, tells Kieran and Jack about life in the town in 1939 when a high-spirited Fiona Flynn, Kieran's mother, started seeing a peat farmer named Kieran O'Day. Kieran O'Day grew up a "poorhouse bastard", and as such he was always shy and considered an outsider amongst the townsfolk. Because of his standing in the community and the differences in their ages (she being only seventeen, he in his ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A Journey Of The Heart.

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apám története See more »

Filming Locations:

Croghan, Co. Offaly. Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,876, 9 May 1999

Gross USA:

$1,083,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »

Quotes

Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
Father Quinn: How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day: Ogh.
Father Quinn: More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day: I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn: What do you think about when you touch yourself?
[pause]
Father Quinn: Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day: Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn: How old is she?
[...]
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References Camille (1936) See more »

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Garbo's Jam
Written by Andrew Homzy
Performed by The Valentine Orchestra
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Enjoyable drama about a doomed love with excellent performances
5 December 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This story about a doomed romance begins when the professor Kieran(a serious James Caan) discovers photos from his mother's youth .He decides investigate his Irish roots but he wishes to know the authentic identity about his father . He travels along with his niece(a sympathetic Jacob Tierney)toward Irland where he believes his father resides. Meanwhile, the events are told in flashback with the romantic story of Kieran(a sensible acting by Aidan Quinn), a poor waif adopted by a good couple farmer and beautiful teenaged Fiona(Farrelly with similar countenance to Patricia Arquette).

This dramatic film displays love and passion, but also hatred and tragedy. It portrays Irish customs, despotic priests, the class differences in rural Ireland in the 30s and the tragedies it originates . Casting is frankly excellent. Aidan Quinn is magnificent as affecting farmer tenant, Farrelly as wealthy young girl is gorgeous and James Caan as middle age teacher is nice . The secondary cast, Stephen Rea as authoritative priest, John Cusack as a ¨Life¨ review photographer-pilot and Bernard Gleeson as agreeable guard-man are very fine. This is a familiar film where all Quinn family have intervened . Evocative cinematography by Declan Quinn and Irish music score with folk sounds . Writing based on a story Theresa Quinn told her children. The motion picture is well directed by Paul Quinn. Rating : Good and better than average. The film will like to romantic drama buffs.


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