- Language: German, English
- Subtitles: German
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B005GOD750
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,882 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Dean Spanley (DVD)VL [Import germany]
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Dean Spanley is based on a short story by Lord Dunsany and as with most short stories, the plot turns on circumstances which create a single but profound change -in this case, in the inner life of a character. We are not used to this kind of plot structure in the cinema - but, here at least, it works beautifully.
Peter O'Toole is magnificent. His watery eyes and far-off look are perfect for the role and dominate the screen whenever he is in shot. His eccentric and walled-up character is wholly convincing, touching and entertaining. Sam Neil, Jeremy Northam and the rest of the cast are excellent too.
I guess if you demand plenty of action or complex plot lines, this film will not appeal. If, on the other hand, you like quirky, off-beat themes or films which allow a personal drama to quietly unfold, then go for it. I loved it.
Peter O'Toole plays the elderly English gentleman Horatio Fisk - who is visited every Thursday by his punctual son (Jeremy Northam). Set in affluent Edwardian London, their meets are convivial rather than warm - and of late - increasingly spiked. Fisk Junior feels dutiful rather than loving towards his 'near-to-the-end' Dad - and their tit-for-tat word battles and mind games are eating him up. Something has distanced them - and worse - turned his father into a boor - a man who you suspect was once very kind, but now isn't.
Fisk Junior longs of course for a real father and son relationship - free of the bickering and incessant quips - but more than that - he longs for his father to get to the core of the problem - open up and talk about his other son's loss in the recent Boer war. The no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Brimley (played so subtly by Judy Parfitt) hardly knows what to say or do anymore - and just stoically gets on with it - real talking just isn't done in educated circles...
By chance into the equation comes the equally awkward and stuffy man of the cloth Dean Spanley - played beautifully by Sam Neill (easily his most difficult and wordy role to date). The Dean seems odd - even a bit nutty - and may or may not harbour dangerous views about reincarnation for a man of a very fixed religion.Read more ›
It's the kind of film that doesn't offer many surprises - you know that the old boy's emotional floodgates will open by the end and that everyone will become a little bit better from their experience - but the pleasures far outweigh the film's problems, which, sadly, are many. Genuinely charming and affecting as Sharp's dialogue-led script is, it takes forever to get to the heart of the matter, but more worrying are the technical problems. Unfortunately it really is atrociously digitally photographed, the DVD transfer doing nothing to help the flat, lifeless and coldly underlit feel of the film because there's so little detail to work with.Read more ›
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Beautiful, moving film - worth taking the time to sit and watch, and think aboutPublished 7 days ago by GoneFromBala
Wonderful story telling that gently draws you in to this marvellously quirky story. Well cast with a lovely script.Published 8 days ago by Teresa Cicuttin
Very slow and interesting story bit of a weak script made up for in the acting.
Not that much humour imo thus the three stars.
We thoroughly enjoyed the subtle humour in this film. The narrative gradually sucked us in until we were totally absorbed. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Monika wiedmann