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This Is My Father (1998)

R | | Romance, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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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 »

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Paul Quinn

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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:

7 May 1999 (USA) 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

Gross USA:

$1,083,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »

Quotes

Kieran O'Day: Yes father.
Father Quinn: How often have you done this?
Kieran O'Day: Ogh.
Father Quinn: More times than you can recall?
Kieran O'Day: I'm afraid so father.
Father Quinn: What do you think about when you touch yourself?
[pause]
Father Quinn: Do you think about men?
Kieran O'Day: Men? No father I think about a girl.
Father Quinn: How old is she?
[...]
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When Irish Eyes are Crying
29 June 1999 | by lou-50See all my reviews

Not many people will admit they saw, "This Is My Father", a touching, Romeo and Juliet looking film that has such warm sentimentality and such quiet dignity, that you have to defend yourself for seeing it. But defend you must. This is filmmaking at its gut level best, made by the Quinn family (Aidan, Paul, and Declan) no doubt to honor their Irish heritage as well as their father. The film does a nice job of splitting the scenes of present day, when Kieran is trying to find out about his father and the past, through the words of Mrs. Kearney retelling the ill-fated romance between Kiernan's mother Fiona and his father with the same name. The film details the harsh existence of country life and the stoicism of the Irish people suffering from both their poverty and an oppressive religion that does not recognize the meaning of love. The acting is commendable but my heart goes out to Moya Farrelly as the young Fiona - her screen presence is just as electrifying as the Greta Garbo she so much admires. One gripe with the Quinn brothers - why throw in the little nothing romance between Jack and Maria if you don't do anything with it. It could have served as a vehicle to show that the roots of the Fiona and Kieran tragedy run deep, even today, by showing lovers rejected because of where they come from. That aside, go see "This Is My Father" and don't be ashamed to say you saw it and enjoyed it.


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