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Frankie's House [1992] [DVD]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2011
I bought this about a year ago and had not even taken it out of the wrapper. I assumed that a 10 year old made for TV series would be something to only watch on a rainy day. That day came and I pretty much watched it straight through. It is not a classic high budget war film but I found it interesting and well acted, knowing that is based on the photographer Tim Page made it more enjoyable. It is by no means an in depth view of the Vietnam war but does show the problem of a photographers personal view impacting on objectivity. I have since bought a couple of Tim Page books so it must have made some sort of positive impression on me. I enjoy books and films/documentaries about combat phtojournalism so my view may be coloured by that, but I will watch it again and would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the mini-series about war photographers Tim Page and Sean Flynn{(Errol's son) so don't worry there's plenty of action in it},in Vietnam.The slightly strange title for a 'Nam series refers to the brothel in which they lived.This is one of those mini-series that everyone thought was great,but nobody could remember what it was called.There are some events in this that you just don't see in other 'Nam flicks.The cast is great and the special effects were very good for the time.This is considerably better than quite a few 'nam films i could mention and is right up there with the best of them.A final word on the exemplary dvd restoration,the picture and sound are as good as new.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
Tim Page was a typical young Englishman in the 1960's who made his way to Vietnam at a time when that country was about to errupt in civil war. Almost by accident he found work - and a genuine gift - as a war photographer and was soon swept up into the sex, drugs and rock and roll world of "Frankie's House" - a bar/hotel/brothel where the western journalists lived and worked. Page developed a strong friendship with fellow photographer Sean Flynn - son of Errol - who cast off his film actor and playboy image to find real life action and bravery with the frontline troops. Armed only with their Nikon's - and with the young man's fearless belief that they are invincible - Page and Flynn took many iconic images of the Vietnam war which are as shocking and moving now as they day they were shot. They eventually saw the truth of the desperate situation in Vietnam being reported in the USA and World Wide.

This 4 part series has been a long time coming to dvd. Made in 1992 by a joint Australian/British company if stars Ian Glen as Page and Kevin Dillon as Flynn. The real Page was not happy with the casting of Dillon as Flynn who, in real life, had been a strapping 6ft 3" with his fathers sandy/red hair and the stunning good looks of both his film star parents. In some ways Ian Glen is more physically suited to the role and if this series was being made today I expect Matthew McConaughey (Sahara) would be first choice for the part. Nonetheless, Dillon brings a wit and warmth to the hedonistic, tortured son of the famous film star who finaly stepped clear of his fathers shadow to gain respect in his own right, before going missing in 1971 having been captured by the Viet Cong. It is now widely believed that Flynn died in a North Korean army hospital following a severe case of malaria whilst still being held hostage, but that he had been alive up to year after he went missing. The fate of fellow photographer Dana Stone is unknown.

The war scenes are unrelenting and heartbreaking, the complexitity of the situation in Vietnam from the heady days when the war was happening far away "up country" to the final battles for Saigon that rage on the doorstep of Frankie's this is a drama which will grip the viewer and which is as powerful as the many films made about the conflict in recent years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2008
I first saw this series in the early 90's. Unlike many tv shows/films I watched in my youth, this has stood the test of time. Bought it recently with the new DVD formatting, and was really pleased to see it again.

I won't bore you with the story line as you can see that from the blurb above, what I will say is that this is well worth watching and a great insight into the fantastic tale of Tim Page and friends (such as Sean Flynn, Dana Stone & John Steinbeck) during the Vietnam War.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2011
I remember seeing this on the TV when it first came out, and although it stuck in my mind as something I'd like to watch again, I never quite got around to looking for it online.

I'm very pleased now that I did though. It's a very well written and atmospherically filmed story. Okay, it's not 100% accurate to the real events of course, but engaging nonetheless. The excellent Jeff Beck score really adds to it too, especially the thumping background music in the bar of "Frankie's" which sets the scene beautifully every time.

"Tim Page" comes across as a naive but nice suburban kid from England rather than the more wild drug-fuelled hippy that he actually was from reading other accounts written by those that shared the real "Frankie's House" on Tu Do street.
It's common knowledge now that Tim Page was the inspiration for the photojournalist character played by Dennis Hopper in "Apocalypse Now". For Iain Glenn to have played him somewhere between the two would have been nice, but his performance is still very good and doesn't detract from the story in the least. He also makes him very likeable from the outset, which may be why it was written that way, so as to establish viewers' empathy with him early on. The more complex character of the real Page would have taken a lot longer to get to know.
Matt Dillon was a bizzare choice of actor to play Sean Flynn too, being short and dark haired when the real Flynn was very tall and dark blonde. If this was made now they'd have to choose Colin Farrell to play Flynn as he looks uncannily like him. Matt Dillon though still does a good job.

There are obviously several nit-picking errors throughout, ranging from the easily-spotted ones such as the Huey helicopters actually being the later twin-engined Bell UH-1n (or is it a 212?) variant (which didn't come out until the early 70's) through to the scene after a firefight when Page reaches down into the dust on the ground and picks up a dead soldier's watch. The ground is littered with spent .223 M-16 rounds as you'd imagine - but they're all blanks!

If you want a more realistic portrayal of the photojournalist's war then I would say read The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story by John Laurence. This ranks alongside Robert Mason's Chickenhawk and Michael Herr's Dispatches (Picador) as one of the best books ever written on the subject of the Vietnam War from a participant's viewpoint. But this is still very much an engaging and involving miniseries on one DVD and well worth buying.

Recommended.
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on 7 March 2014
This 4-part series (1992) still holds up very well with terrific production values and a great cast of characters.
It tells of the little-known story of photo journalists Tim Page and Sean Flynn during the early years of the escalation of the war in Vietnam and their camaraderie with other war correspondents that live at a local brothel in Saigon, Frankie's House.
Don't miss this.
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on 29 January 2014
While not as good as the book upon which it is based ('Page After Page' - they never are), this is a gripping account of the life of a young and crazy photojournalist in a crazy war. The risks portrayed are real, as were most of the characters represented (others were pastiches). A classic case of flying too close to the sun!
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on 16 August 2012
Having missed this the first time round I was glad I found it at amazon. An insight into the life of Tim Page and his life in Vietnam as a war photographer. he did'nt care about the dangers only the pictures.
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on 18 June 2014
Fine film wondered if it was shortened for DVD but it tries to show the times it conveys - it's no Bang, Bang Club but delivery was fine and it played OK.
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on 19 February 2015
I've waited 25 years to get this movie, It plays...Im happy.
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