Dean Spanley

Dean Spanley

Streaming Video - 2009
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A funny, intelligent and delightfully adult fairytale set in Edwardian England, Peter O'Toole delivers a mesmerizing performance as a misanthropic curmudgeon who cannot come to terms with his elder son's death and has little time or affection for his younger son. But when the pair visit an eccentric mystic, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax, 2009.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 100 min.)) : sd., col.
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May 22, 2015

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

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.

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.

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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