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Hear My Song
     

Hear My Song

Director: Peter Chelsom, Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, David McCallum

Cast: Peter Chelsom, Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, David McCallum

 
The owner of a British nightclub attempts to do the impossible by coaxing a legendary Irish tenor out of retirement for a once-in-a-lifetime show in this engagingly quirky comedy. The owner, Mickey O'Neill, is particularly desperate to land a performance by the great Josef Locke, as his already questionable reputation was ruined when he booked an impostor claiming to

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The owner of a British nightclub attempts to do the impossible by coaxing a legendary Irish tenor out of retirement for a once-in-a-lifetime show in this engagingly quirky comedy. The owner, Mickey O'Neill, is particularly desperate to land a performance by the great Josef Locke, as his already questionable reputation was ruined when he booked an impostor claiming to be Locke. Now only providing a show by the real thing can make up for it. Trouble is, Locke fled England several decades before to avoid charges of tax evasion, and would face immediate arrest upon his return. Naturally, the comedy emerges from O'Neill's desperate attempts to convince Locke to participate in the scheme. Much of the film's charm comes from the presentation of eccentric but believable characters, particularly Locke himself -- a real historical figure given warm life by Ned Beatty, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for his performance. The film as a whole manages a similar balancing act between realism and comic fantasy, grounding even the less believable aspect of the narrative in strongly observed local color.

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A quirky, thoroughly enjoyable comedy, Hear My Song is a small film with a huge soul. Managing to avoid most of the condescending sentiment that characterizes other films about small-town Irish folk, the film comes off instead as a likeable, witty portrait of local color, broken dreams, and desperate ambition. Its two greatest strengths are its script, co-written by director Peter Chelsom and star Adrian Dunbar, and Ned Beatty's sterling performance as tenor-on-the-lam Josef Locke. By turns sweet and swaggering, Beatty gives a robust, charismatic performance and proves himself every inch an unlikely romantic lead. His portrayal of Locke reflects the film's overall appeal: ballsy yet bashful, Hear My Song resounds with the surprising charm of a valentine written by a dissolute but loveable con artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/1993
UPC:
0097361511030
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ned Beatty Josef Locke
Adrian Dunbar Mickey O'Neill
David McCallum Jim Abbott
Tara Fitzgerald Nancy Doyle
Shirley Ann Field Cathleen Doyle
William Hootkins Mr. X
James Nesbitt Fintan O'Donnell
John Neville Rufus Altman Oscar Harrison
Brian Hoey Mr. X
Bill Maynard Barry Haden
Harold Berens Benny Rose
John Dair Derek
Stephen Marcus Gordon
Terence Orr Receiver
Britta Smith Kitty Ryan
Gladys Sheehan Grandma Ryan
Gina Moxley Brenda Ryan
Norman Vaughan Himself
Phil Kelly Ronnie Lavelle
Jean Blanchflower Ronnie's Mum
Joe Cuddy Franc Cinatra
Ruaidhri Conroy Grandson Ryan
Aidan Grenell Compere
Donna McReady Young Cathleen
Terry David Mulligan Young Jo
Terry Adams Dressmaker
Bal Moane Brewery Man
Laurie Morton Molly
Brian McGrath Barman
Jim Mooney Drunk in Pub
Liam O'Callaghan Jo's Boy
Paddy Cole Jo's Boy
Maurice Blake Jo's Boy
Tony Morando Jo's Boy
Anna Manahan Mrs. McGlinchy
Tommy Lack Old Musician
Agnes Bernelle Receptionist
Mary McLeod Librarian
Pat Laffan 1st Taxi Driver
Constance Cowley Nurse
Frank Kelly 2nd Taxi Driver
David Beggs 3rd Taxi Driver
Vernon Midgley Josef Locke
Brian Flanagan Young Micky O'Neill
Jimmy Keogh Jo's Boy
Marie Mullen Micky's Mum

Technical Credits
Peter Chelsom Director,Screenwriter
John Altman Score Composer
Graham Bradstreet Producer
David Brown Producer
John Paul Chapple Producer
Adrian Dunbar Screenwriter
Simon Fields Producer
Sue Gibson Cinematographer
Caroline Hanania Production Designer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Katharine Naylor Art Director
Alison Owen Producer
Russ Russell Producer
Martin Walsh Editor

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