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Dean Spanley

Rated PG for some thematic material and mild language.

PG 100min.
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Plot & Details

Multiple Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole adds yet another offbeat role to his long resume with the mystical comedy-drama Dean Spanley. Adapted from Lord Dunsany's popular novella My Talks with Dean Spanley and helmed by Toa Fraser, the film stars O'Toole as Horatio Fisk, an irascible, cantankerous septuagenarian living out his final days at the turn of the 20th Century. Despite his distant and slightly strained relationship with his son Henslowe (Jeremy Northam), Horatio willfully joins the young man on regular outings; the tedium and monotony of these routines eventually grow so overwhelming, however, that the two decide to attend a lecture on the Transmigration of Souls by a visiting Hindu Swami. At the meeting, their paths intersect with the eccentric Dean Spanley (Sam Neill), and a friendship blossoms between Spanley and Henslowe. When Spanley joins Henslowe for a private dinner, and accepts his invitation to sample a rare Hungarian wine known as the Imperial Tokay, Spanley instinctively brings forth reminiscences of a prior life lived out as a canine - and his recollections hold a rather bizarre connection to Horatio's familial past.
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
  • Run Time: 100min.
  • DVD Release Date: 02/01/2011
  • Distributor(s): Icon Entertainment International, New Zealand Film Commission
  • Director(s): Toa Fraser
  • Starring: Jeremy Northam , Sam Neill , Bryan Brown , Peter O'Toole , Judy Parfitt
  • Themes: Reincarnation,Fathers and Sons,Journey of Self-Discovery,Unlikely Friendships,Miraculous Events,Misfits and Outsiders
  • Tone: Biting,Humorous,Quirky
  • Keywords: Hinduism, eccentric, guru, lecture
  • Country of Origin: New Zealand (02-26-2009),Australia (03-05-2009)
  • Language: English

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 London Film Critics Association Best Supporting British Actor Peter O'Toole Nominated

London Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 London Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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