The Blackwater Lightship (2004)





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This Hallmark Hall of Fame offering stars Keith McErlean as Declan, a 30-year-old Irishman who is dying of AIDS. Remembering how he and his sister Helen (Gina McKee) once stayed with their grandmother Dora (Angela Lansbury) during their fathers' terminal illness, Declan concludes that Dora's place would be an excellent safe harbor for his own last few months on Earth. While Dora is a lovable eccentric blessed with wicked wit and boundless acceptance of the way things are, Declan's mother Lily (Dianne Wiest) is more aloof and conservative -- and she is deeply disturbed not only by her son's imminent demise, but also by the fact that she never knew he was gay. Adding to Lily's discomfiture is Helen's decision to briefly leave her husband and children to help Declan in his declining days...not to mention the arrival of her son's colorful gay friends Paul (Sam Robards) and Larry (Bryan O'Byrne). A moving tale of love and understanding "contemporary Irish" style, The Blackwater Lightship was first telecast February 4, 2004, on CBS.
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Gina McKee
as Helen
Marijka Bardin
as Young Helen
Kevin O'Dwyer
as Young Declan
Ruth McCabe
as Dr. Louise
Maria McDermottroe
as Madge Kehoe
Dearbhla Molloy
as Essie Kehoe
Barry Cassin
as Father Griffin
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Critic Reviews for The Blackwater Lightship

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Get ready to be aghast, then amused, then deeply moved to the bottom of your heart.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for The Blackwater Lightship

A Hallmark Hall of Fame production, this one is about AIDs. Need I say more? Lots of flashbacks, this film is well done and worth your time, which is more than I can say about alot of rubbish out there today. Shot on the banks of Ireland somewhere, I forgot the location but a roadsign early in the film does say where, this is a film about forgiveness, or at least understanding. A mother looses her spouse to cancer and her mother keeps the fact away from a daughter and son to spare them grief. Instead, it promotes life long grief. The daughter is more mother to the brother than the mother is. Lots of bickering and hate in this one. But if you want good acting, good plot and plenty of nice gay men taking care of the brother, watch this, you will not go away mad or disappointed. Two elbows up for Blackwater Lightship.

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