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Frankie Starlight (1995)

A writer with dwarfism shares the story of his unconventional, though not altogether bad, upbringing as his mother struggled to raise him in the mid 20th century, with the help of a surrogate father.

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Ronan O'Leary, Chet Raymo (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corban Walker ... Frank Bois
Niall Toibin ... Handy Paige
Owen Roe ... Senior Customs Officer
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Kelly
Anne Parillaud ... Bernadette
Alan Devine Alan Devine ... Boy On Beach No. 1
Edward Naessens Edward Naessens ... Boy On Beach No. 2
Laurent Mellet Laurent Mellet ... Boy On Beach No. 3
Ulrich Funke Ulrich Funke ... German Officer
Guy Verame Guy Verame ... Interpretor
Christine Keane Christine Keane ... Mother Of Sick Child
Victoria Begeja Victoria Begeja ... Anne Marie Bois
Julian Negulesco Julian Negulesco ... Bernadette's Uncle
Jean-Claude Frissung Jean-Claude Frissung ... Albert Bois (as Jean Claude Frissung)
Corine Blue Corine Blue ... Bernadette's Aunt
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Storyline

This is a story of a man (Walker), suffering from dwarfism, who writes an autobiographical account of his life. In flashbacks, we see how he was conceived to a woman (Parillaud) at the end of WWII as she attempts to smuggle herself to America on a troop ship. Caught, she is put ashore back in her homeland of Ireland where she struggles to bring up her dwarfed child. Then comes an ongoing affair with a man (Byrne) who becomes a surrogate father to the boy, teaching him about the stars and planets... and calling him "Frankie Starlight." After that affair she meets with a man (Dillon) who takes her and the boy to America, but they are misfits in the prairie lands of the West and soon return home to Ireland where the boy grows to manhood as a writer. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Sometimes the brightest star is the one that shines within. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This is an adaptation of Chet Raymo's novel 'The Dork of Cork'. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

From My Window
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Emilie A. Bernstein
Performed by Belinda B. Pigeon
Produced by Michael Omartian
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As someone said, "Be kind, for everyone has a tough road to travel."
20 July 2002 | by George041See all my reviews

Elmer Bernstein's music for this outstanding motion picture is superb. The main character displays courage in the face of what life has given him (dwarfism and family despair). As for the girl he loves and adores in his early life, she too overcomes the horrors of a traumatic experience (seeing her father with another woman) during her early childhood. The supporting cast did just that (magnificent support to make the main characters believable). And for a change, even though there are so many sad moments in the life of Frankie, the conclusion is a happy one for those who persevere. Love doesn't conquer all, but it makes life beautiful.


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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csillagok szerelmese See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kildare, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,694, 26 November 1995

Gross USA:

$103,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,365
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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