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Hear My Song [VHS]

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  • Actors: Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, Brian Flanagan, Constance Cowley, Marie Mullen
  • Directors: Peter Chelsom
  • Writers: Adrian Dunbar, Peter Chelsom
  • Producers: Alison Owen, David Brown, John Paul Chapple, Russ Russell, Simon Fields
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Dolby
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Miramax/Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 28, 1993
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302457017
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) is a born salesman. As the booker of the local theater/dance hall, he is famous for hiring almost-celebrities like Franc Cinatra. When he is unable to tell his girlfriend (the beautiful Tara Fitzgerald) that he loves her, in so many words, she storms out of their bedroom. In order to win her back--and curry favor with her mother, not to mention keep his job--he decides to book famous tenor Joe Locke, who's wanted by the government for tax reasons and hasn't performed in decades. So begins Micky's quest to find the reclusive singer--and himself. The movie is so enthusiastically cheerful, it wins you over early on with its good-natured energy, and then never lets up. Hear My Song is like a rural British version of The Blues Brothers, with a tenor instead of a blues band, minus a whole lotta car wrecks, but a final performance surrounded by police. Really, how can you argue with that? --Andy Spletzer

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nagronsky VINE VOICE on November 25, 1998
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UPDATE: The PAL/Region 2 "Hear My Song" has been released in the UK, so look at my comment on this review, and UNFORTUNATELY it is a rehash of the US version, omitting the original opening scene. I was so Brassed Off that I sent it back!! And why does Amazon persist in listing the cast in order of appearance? The first 8 cast members listed AREN'T IN THE US VERSION!! AmazonUK has the cast listed correctly!!

Hear My Song's plot has features loosely based on the true career of the Irish singer, tenor Josef Locke. Jo Locke was Irish, but is not the diddly diddly Irish Rovers/Suffering Gaels type. His career filled music halls and ornate Victorian pubs and seaside resorts, and as one of Mickey O'Neill's staff says "There won't be a dry seat in the house." There are still websites devoted to the man and his music. This is a well-crafted movie, with great photography, and a lush soundtrack filled with Jo Locke ballads(sung by Vernon Midgely) and more traditional tunes by the band "Patrick Street". Ned Beatty gives a nicely subdued performance, his lipsynching of Locke's(Midgely) music is well done, and unlike most American actors, his "Irish" accent comes across well. Adrian Dunbar is a gem as impresario Mickey O'Neill, Tara Fitzgerald is very fetching as Nancy, Mickey's love interest, and one of my favorites, James Nesbitt, is Mickey O'Neill's oldest friend, Fintan. Normally, I'd love to see Tara Fitzgerald naked, but the one scene here is out of place. That is one of two bones I'll pick with Hear My Song. The other is that in the credits, roles are listed for "Young Mickey", "Young Fintan", and "Mickey's Mum". These roles never crossed the Atlantic, because there are no scenes with these characters.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on September 19, 2003
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...I haven't seen what you've seen...' So begins the oft-given speech by one Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) - not too bad a bloke, but a little short on sincerity, and having a very difficult time making his way in the world without occasionally scamming nearly everyone with whom he comes into contact. Micky is a theatre manager - and he's hanging on by his fingernails to a seedy-but-polished venue in an Irish neighborhood in a large UK city (Liverpool, I'm guessing). He has had one too many performer bail on him at the last minute, and the Ryans - the family of elderly women who own the building - are losing patience with him. To make matters worse, he has a VERY hard time saying the words 'I love you' to his gorgeous sweetheart, Nancy Doyle (portrayed by the stunning Tara Fitzgerald). Threatened with eviction by the Ryans - who aren't buying anymore of his BS - he books one Josef Locke, an Irish tenor who '...when he sings, women weep'. Locke is, unfortunately, a fugitive from Her Majesty's Tax Inspectors - he fled the UK in a bit of a hurry some 25 years previously, after having a fling with the newly-crowned Miss Dairy Goodness, who, to make matters worse (if that's possible) for Micky, just happens to be Nancy's mum. Deeper into misfortune sinks Micky - the Josef Locke he books turns out to be a fake. Not only does he break Kathleen's heart all over again, he's found out by the general populace. A near riot ensues, with people demanding their money back - and the Ryans evict Micky from the building. So far he's lost all of his money, his business, many of his friends and the girl he loves. If this is starting to sound like the things that a wonderful Irish comedy (albeit partially set in the UK) is made of, you're right.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
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This is a movie that we rent when we have people staying with us and we want a nice little comedy without the cussing you always find in American-made movies (when my mom's visiting, for example!). There's a scene with a cow which I won't give away, but I will say that I laugh until I'm gasping for breath each time I watch it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mary on September 30, 2005
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This is one of my top-10 movies. I've seen it maybe 12 times, and the laughs are guaranteed every time. Offbeat in that inimitably Irish way! Why no DVD yet?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on April 12, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the best movie of all time!!!!!! Forget about Casablanca, Citizen Kane and even Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Watch if again and again and again and again and again!!!

Must be put on dvd!!! I am afraid our vhs tape will disintegrate!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dare on August 4, 2004
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I was on a flight back from the US to Australia and had been up at 5 AM in Texas, flown to LA then out from LA at Midnight. Hence I was a tad tired. After a very generous scotch and dinner I settled back to sleep. But this darned film was on. I kept glimpsing at it ( without my headphones) and thought "That looks very good." I got home and told my wife I saw but didn't hear this film "Hear my Song" and we have to go see it. Alas couldn't find it as it had not been released In Oz as yet. When it was I and many of my friends went and saw it. I think it encapsulates why comedy from the UK leave US comedy for dead. It is real, it is funny, and I can reccommend this film to anyone who wants to feel good. It fits in with my 2 other great feel good films , "Local Hero" and "Waking Ned Devine."

All the characters are great and Mickey is a loveable rogue, his mate Fintan a true mate. And thank god they saved the cow!

One request, Get it on DVD, please.
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It makes no sense, I agree. This is one of the most delightful, uplifting and just downright enjoyable movies I've ever seen. Adrian Dunbar and Ned Beatty do wonderful work in a touching and very funny comedy that's sprinkled with an equal measure of Irish and British humor. But all the actors... Read More
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