Frankie Starlight (1995)




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A small man with a big story examines the facts of his life in this drama. As Frank Bois enjoys the success of his first novel, he finds himself looking back on his highly unusual life. Frank's mother Bernadette (Anne Parillaud) was a French woman who, after the death of her parents and several close friends in World War II, smuggled herself aboard an Allied troop ship sailing to Ireland, exchanging sexual favors for silence among the soldiers who discovered her on board. A kind-hearted customs agent, Jack Kelly (Gabriel Byrne), allowed Bernadette to enter Ireland, and they soon became lovers, even though she was already carrying the child of one of the soldiers from the ship. Bernadette soon gave birth to young Frankie (Alan Pentony), who suffered from dwarfism. As he grew older, Frankie fell for Jack's daughter Emma (Georgina Cates), who clearly didn't care for him, while Jack generously shared his knowledge of astronomy with Frankie. Eventually, Bernadette encountered Terry Klout (Matt Dillon), an American soldier from the troop ship, who offered to marry her. Bernadette and Frankie accompanied Terry to his home in Texas, but both mother and son felt like fish out of water in the American West, and they returned to the Irish home they came to love. A sadder but wiser Bernadette eventually committed suicide, and Frank began to draw upon his life experiences as he put pen to paper for his first book. Based on the novel The Dork of Cork by Chet Raymo, Frankie Starlight was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
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Anne Parillaud
as Bernadette Bois
Matt Dillon
as Terry Klout
Gabriel Byrne
as Jack Kelly
Corban Walker
as Frank Bois
Rudi Davies
as Emma Kelly
Alan Pentony
as Young Frank
Georgina Cates
as Young Emma
Niall Toibin
as Handy Paige
Dearbhla Molloy
as Effa Kelly
Jean-Claude Frissung
as Albert Bois
Victoria Begeja
as Anne Marie Bois
Julien Negulesco
as Bernadette's Uncle
John Davies
as Tobin
Aidan Grenell
as Bookshop Manager
Amber Hibler
as Charleen
Guy Verama
as Interpreter
Julian Negulesco
as Bernadette's Uncle
Corinne Blue
as Bernadette's Aunt
Sage Allen
as Bar Proprietress
Julian Wadham
as Roger Manning
Ann Weakley
as Midwife
Corine Blue
as Bernadette's Aunt
David Parnell
as Photographer
Aidan Grennell
as Bookshop Manager
Tristin Gribbin
as Bookshop Assistant
Christopher Casson
as Bookshop Gentleman
Owen Roe
as Senior Customs Officer
Aisling Leyne
as Girl In Gallery
Aiden Grennell
as Bookshop Manager
Pauline Cadell
as Prostitute
Alan Devine
as Bernadette's Friend on Beach No. 1
Tristan Gribbin
as Bookshop Assistant
Edward Naessens
as Bernadette's Friend on Beach No. 2
Laurent Mellet
as Bernadette's Friend on Beach No. 3
Elizabeth Haas Keller
as TV Interviewer
Christine Keane
as Mother of Scabious Child
Darren Monks
as Young Man in Cinema
Kit Kincannon
as Man In Bar
Martin Murphy
as Guest At Wedding
Martin Dunne
as Friend At Wedding No. 1
Guy Verame
as Interpreter
Derry Power
as Friend At Wedding No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Frankie Starlight

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Poetic story of one lonely individual's spiritual search for beauty, meaning and love.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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September 21, 2005
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July 1, 2005

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June 24, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Frankie Starlight

This might be not everyone s cup of tea, but I liked it very much. A beautiful poetry of Movie I think.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Not that familiar with Michael Lindsay-Hogg but this is an interesting effort.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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A fantastic film, love it!!

Leo L
Leo L

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