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Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era - not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural - delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A witty and watchable period drama, but in danger of being remembered more for its service to O'Toole than for the impression it leaves on audiences."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"Toa Fraser's sensitive direction of this deceptively challenging and surprisingly satisfying film, keeps the tone perfectly balanced in the manner of perhaps an eccentric English tale with dashes of humour and pathos"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Wilfully whimsical and determinedly eccentric, this faintly bonkers period tale won't be for everyone. But if you fall for Dean Spanley, you'll fall hard."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"A dull and thoroughly stilly British drama based on the idea of canine reincarnation."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A delightful period piece about reincarnation, friendship and dogs with a wonderful collection of performances from its four main characters."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Fraser and Sharp have structured the film, and the cast interpret it, so that comedy and poignancy are intertwined to the last; even as all is revealed, a sense of wonder remains."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"A wondrous story about cats and dogs, fathers and sons and the elusive bottle of Hungarian Imperial Tokay that brings them all together, Dean Spanley is a rather special"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A charming, unique film, well crafted and boasting some great performances, notably from the spry Peter O'Toole."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"It's a talky, narrowly focused piece that feels like an after-dinner anecdote presented with the full ceremony of a formal meal."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"I loved it."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"This whimsical tale, based on a short story by Lord Dunsany, has moving undercurrents of loss and grief and in underplaying his role, Peter O'Toole brings a beautiful sense of reconciliation to his character."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"The word offbeat doesnt quite cover it and its a touchslow to begin with but, really, if you dont fancy having your soul crushed byKeanu and co, do check this one out. Funny, warm and sensitive,its got gem written all over it."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"I can't see too many children taking advantage of the U certificate. The measured performances look stiff and theatrical. A stifling fable with the rhythm of a grandfather clock."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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