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Hear My Song (1991)

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The owner of a British nightclub attempts to do the impossible by coaxing a legendary Irish tenor out of retirement for a once-in-a-lifetime show in this engagingly quirky comedy. The owner, Mickey O'Neill, is particularly desperate to land a performance by the great Josef Locke, as his already questionable reputation was ruined when he booked an impostor claiming to be Locke. Now only providing a show by the real thing can make up for it. Trouble is, Locke fled England several decades before to avoid charges of tax evasion, and would face immediate arrest upon his return. Naturally, the comedy emerges from O'Neill's desperate attempts to convince Locke to participate in the scheme. Much of the film's charm comes from the presentation of eccentric but believable characters, particularly Locke himself -- a real historical figure given warm life by Ned Beatty, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for his performance. The film as a whole manages a similar balancing act between realism and comic fantasy, grounding even the less believable aspect of the narrative in strongly observed local color.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Chelsom, Adrian Dunbar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 1992
Runtime:
Miramax Films

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Cast

Ned Beatty
as Josef Locke
Harold Berens
as Benny Rose
John Dair
as Derek
Britta Smith
as Kitty Ryan
Gladys Sheehan
as Grandma Ryan
Gina Moxley
as Brenda Ryan
Norman Vaughan
as Norman Vaughan
Brian Flanagan
as Young Micky O'Neill
Marie Mullen
as Micky's Mum
Phil Kelly
as Ronnie Lavelle
Jean Blanchflower
as Ronnie's Mum
Joe Cuddy
as Franc Cinatra
Rúaidhrí Conroy
as Grandson Ryan
Bill Maynard
as Barry Haden
Donna McReady
as Young Cathleen
Terry Adams
as Dressmaker
Terence Orr
as Receiver
Bal Moane
as Brewery Man
Jim Mooney
as Drunk in Pub
Jimmy Keogh
as Jo's Boy
Paddy Cole
as Jo's Boy
Maurice Blake
as Jo's Boy
Tony Morando
as Jo's Boy
Anna Manahan
as Mrs. McGlinchy
Tommy Lack
as Old Musician
Agnes Bernelle
as Receptionist
Pat Laffan
as 1st Taxi Driver
Frank Kelly
as 2nd Taxi Driver
Vernon Midgley
as Josef Locke
David Beggs
as 3rd Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Hear My Song

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

A thoroughly original romantic comedy.

Full Review… | May 16, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The many charms of Hear My Song hinge on its deft balance of the puckish humor of the present situation and a genuine sense of loss and roads not taken in the past.

Full Review… | May 16, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Such an unalloyed joy is this Anglo-Irish comedy that it recalls the great Ealing classics of the '50s.

Full Review… | May 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hear My Song isn't much more than an anecdote, but the actors lend this sweet, delicate wisp of a movie a surprisingly large spirit.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Beatty does much to stem the tide of sentiment in a tough, grounded portrayal of the real Locke, a man of substance and self-awareness firmly entrenched in another life. But by the final reels, it's become too much.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

It's hard to fathom why this film was received so warmly. Despite Beatty's sterling performance, the overall tone is one of maudlin blarney.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hear My Song

Not particularly memorable for me.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Quirky little British film starring Ned Beatty as a legendary Irish tenor contemplating returning to England after fleeing tax evasion charges decades earlier. Droll and amiable comedy for the most part, despite a jarring and completely gratuitous sex scene early on that seemed to belong to a different movie.

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