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This Is My Father (1998)

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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Quinn

Writer:

Paul Quinn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Kieran Johnson
Jacob Tierney ... Jack
Colm Meaney ... Seamus
Moira Deady Moira Deady ... Mrs. Kearney
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Betty
Pauline Hutton Pauline Hutton ... Maria
Fiona Glascott ... Nuala
Françoise Graton Françoise Graton ... Old Fiona
Joel Gordon Joel Gordon ... Brian Winters
Alexandra Spunt Alexandra Spunt ... Female Student
Victoria Sanchez ... Female Student
Terrence Scammell ... Chicago Radio DJ
Pat Leavy Pat Leavy ... Woman Farmer
Aiden Condron Aiden Condron ... Bartender
Peadar Lamb Peadar Lamb ... Man in Pub
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Storyline

Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown of Kilronan, County Galway, Ireland after he discovers an old photograph of her, she who now cannot speak due to a stroke, with a man he has never seen. He suspects this man may be his biological father. On the urging of his sister, Kieran takes his teen-aged nephew Jack on the trip. In Kilronan, Mrs. Kearney, the innkeeper's mother and a bit of a gypsy woman who has lived in the area for the better part of her life, tells Kieran and Jack about life in the town in 1939 when a high-spirited Fiona Flynn, Kieran's mother, started seeing a peat farmer named Kieran O'Day. Kieran O'Day grew up a "poorhouse bastard", and as such he was always shy and considered an outsider amongst the townsfolk. Because of his standing in the community and the differences in their ages (she being only seventeen, he in his ... Written by Huggo

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A Journey Of The Heart.

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Apám története See more »

Filming Locations:

Croghan, Co. Offaly. Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,876, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,078,737, 10 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »

Quotes

Fiona Flynn: So what do you want?
Kieran O'Day: Tonight I asked God to help me forget you. I prayed all night trying to get you out of my mind. But you were all that filled it. I tried to remember what it was like before you... I couldn''t remember. I tried to imagine what it would be like without you... and nothing came to me. I love you. That''s the truth. I love you. And it scares me. It scares me because everyone seems so dead set against us. But I want you to know, that if you'll have me, I'll be your man. I'll give...
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References Marguerite Gautier (1936) See more »

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Moonbeams
Written by Le Blanc
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Honest story with a message to everybody
11 May 1999 | by watchhawkSee all my reviews

This Is My Father is a very honest film that touches the heart. The acting is flawless and the side-kick of a modern day love story compares different times in a nice way. James Caan plays this middle aged teacher that never had sought his origin in Ireland, but in doing so he discovers a new understanding to his mother's apparent depression after a stroke. Beneath there I sense a message to the ways of the Catholic Church and authority figures which unfortunately still applies today, in a way. This movie is a gem that deserves attention. - 8/10.


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