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Dean Spanley

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dean Spanley
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A story about an Edwardian patriarch Horatio Fisk, a cold, obnoxious man who doesn't seem to grieve for his son, who was killed in the Boer war. This has driven a wedge between him and his son Henslowe Fisk when Henslowe makes his dutiful weekly visits to his father. Horatio seems to have little time or affection for his son. A visit by both to a seance with an eccentric Indian proves to be the beginning of a journey that opens the old man's heart.
Title: Dean Spanley
[videorecording]
Publisher: Montreal, Québec : Alliance Films, 2009
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: The New Zealand Film Commission, Screen East Content Investment Fund, Aramid Entertainment and Lip Synce Productions, LLP ; Matthew Metcalfe/Atlantic Film Group Production ; directed by Toa Fraser ; produced by Matthew Metcalfe, Alan Harris ; written by Alan Sharp
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: Interviews with producers Mathew Metcalfe and Alan Harris, director Toa Fraser and actors Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill; Making of featurette
"A United Kingdom and New Zealand co-production."--Container
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008
Based on the novel 'My talks with Dean Spanley' by Lord Dunsany
Summary: A story about an Edwardian patriarch Horatio Fisk, a cold, obnoxious man who doesn't seem to grieve for his son, who was killed in the Boer war. This has driven a wedge between him and his son Henslowe Fisk when Henslowe makes his dutiful weekly visits to his father. Horatio seems to have little time or affection for his son. A visit by both to a seance with an eccentric Indian proves to be the beginning of a journey that opens the old man's heart.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama DEAN
Credits: Editor, Chris Plummer ; director of photography, Leon Narbey ; music by Don McGlashan.
Performers: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Peter O'Toole, Judy Parfitt, Art Malik.
System Details: DVD, region 1; Widescreen (1.78:1); 5.1 Dolby digital
Subject Headings: Reincarnation Drama Grief Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Topical Term: Reincarnation
Grief
Publisher No: 115235 Alliance Films
DVD115235 Alliance Films
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The story of a man who, under the influence of a certain kind of alcohol, remembers a previous, rhapsodic life that seems to prove the theory of reincarnation.

A story about an Edwardian patriarch Horatio Fisk, a cold, obnoxious man who doesn't seem to grieve for his son, who was killed in the Boer war. This has driven a wedge between him and his son Henslowe Fisk when Henslowe makes his dutiful weekly visits to his father. Horatio seems to have little ... Read More »


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Jan 23, 2014
  • riohk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is one of the best-kept secrets of the last several years. An unheralded gem, I stumbled upon it on Netflix, unaware of its stellar cast, and was delighted by it. Everyone to whom I've recommended it has been absolutely charmed by it. The plot is so unusual, it's amazing the movie ever got made, but stick with it through the somewhat clunky beginning (about 20 mins) and you will not be disappointed. It's utterly whimsical but heartbreaking at the same time (and, no the ending is not dull; how can an emotionally touching ending featuring Peter O'Toole in one of his final performances be dull?). If you like British films in general and stylish humor in particular, you will appreciate this movie. I adore it.

Dec 15, 2012
  • Mudita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like greenacres a very enjoyable movie, even the second viewing. Every dog lover must see this film. An entertaining original perspective of dog consciousness without relying on a simplistic anthropomorphic view. Be prepared for the slow development, by Hollywood standards, which adds to the great ending.

Oct 14, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good movie, with great actors. Although O’Toole looks more like a white Egyptian mummy, his character is so hilarious you’ll end up forgetting his looks! Sam Neal is superb as the strange Dean Spanley. The movie started a bit awkward, but the story developed in a nice flow to reach a surprising and moving end.

Feb 16, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A fairly odd, definitely sentimental, weirdly plotted piece. However, partly thanks to a credible performance by Sam Neill (and good support by Northam and O'Toole) it comes across as sweet and poignant. (The ending is weak, though ...)

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