Dean Spanley

Dean Spanley

DVD - 2009 | Widescreen version
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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.
Publisher: Montreal, Québec : Alliance Films, 2009
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD D COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Old_Toto
May 22, 2015

Weak beginning, weak ending, and a stereotypical Peter O'Tolle eye shock, the storytelling and storyteller were worthwhile.

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riohk
Jan 23, 2014

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.

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Mudita
Dec 15, 2012

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.

EuSei Oct 14, 2011

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.

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rslade
Feb 16, 2011

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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