Hear My Song

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1993
  • UPC: 097361511030
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

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