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This Is My Father (1999)



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This Is My Father chronicles the journey of a disillusioned Chicago schoolteacher who returns to Ireland with his nephew in search of the man who was his father. Widowed and childless, the lonely Kieran Johnson is no longer able to relate to his students. His fragile mental state is mirrored by his family circumstances: his mother has had a stroke and is unable (or unwilling) to communicate and his divorced sister, Betty, is burdened with their mother's care while trying to raise her troubled teenage son Jack.more
Rating: R (for a scene of sexuality and brief language)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Quinn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Sony Pictures Classics


Aidan Quinn
as Kieran O'Dea
James Caan
as Kieran Johnson
Stephen Rea
as Father Quinn
John Cusack
as Eddie Sharp
Colm Meaney
as Seamus Kearney
Moira Deady
as Mrs. Kearney
Joel Gordon
as Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt
as Female Student
Victoria Sanchez
as Female Student
Terrence Scammell
as Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy
as Farmer Woman
Aidan Conron
as Bartender
Peader Lamb
as Man in Pub
Sean Madden
as Man in Pub
Moya Farrelly
as Fiona Flynn
Donal Donnelly
as John Maney
Gina Moxley
as Widow Flynn
Eamon Morrissey
as Father Mooney
Brendan Gleeson
as Garda Jim
Pat Short
as Garda Ben
John Kavanagh
as Liam Finneran
Sheila Flitton
as Mrs. Madigan
Nevin Finegan
as Petie Madigan
Oran Finegan
as Davey Madigan
Karen Ardiff
as Mrs. Kearney
Michael Byrne
as Michael Finnegan
Marion Quinn
as Concepta
Michael West
as Nosey Nolan
Michael K. Devaney
as Young Suitor
Karl Hayden
as Town Lad
Kieran Hanrahan
as Band Leader
Frank O'Dwyer
as Dance Chaperone
Andrew Bennett
as Mr. Kearney
Devan Murray
as Christy
Brendan Conroy
as Undertaker
Gary Merrigan
as Child Finnegan
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Critic Reviews for This Is My Father

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

The disturbing, embarrassing domestic moments and conflicts are quirky, slightly weird, and yet they boast the shock of recognition because they're so true to the strife in every family.

Full Review… | June 12, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Like all stories, it belongs to the teller, not the subject.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

The impassioned romance is enough to recommend it.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006

An excellent movie the likes of which you don't see too often

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for This Is My Father


Leo L

Super Reviewer

A highly underrated film about love and family. Being Irish myself & interested in my own genealogy this is perhaps something that I have waiting for me. The story surrounding the flashback can be distracting at times but it is not without merit & took away little from the film.

A gem to behold...

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[font=Arial Narrow][size=3][color=#ff8c00]This is a well-done yet somewhat tragic film about a man who goes to Ireland to find out the truth about who his father is. Caan is a single, bored high school teacher whose mother has had a stroke and can't tell him about his father, so he goes to her hometown in Ireland to learn about his heritage. Quinn plays his father in the flashback scenes. It's a touching story that is very nicely acted. The film has a not-so-happy ending, but it's definitely worth seeing at least once.[/color][/size][/font]

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