Sam Neill as Dean Spanley. Both are British, feature some of our finest actors, touch affectingly on relationships between fathers and sons and fathers and daughters without getting unduly sentimental, and they have literate scripts. Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth. So will the Oscars still rock you? My advice to everyone is to watch this and savour everything about it. It’s a wonderful and lovely little movie.

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 Feb 27, Full Review…. It goes far beyond those wacky Disney comedies in which humans find themselves occupying the bodies of cats and dogs. It would be unfair to pick out any particular performance because none stands out above the others — they are all excellent, as is the gently witty screenplay. On an outing to pass an idle afternoon, they attend a lecture by an Indian swami on ‘The Transmigration of Souls’, where the question of dogs being reincarnated as humans arises. Now, there is a lecture by one Swami Nala Prash. Add the first question. To put it all in perspective:

Film review: Dean Spanley

Trevor Johnston is a film critic for Time Out London. Instead we’ve desn two cinematic gifts for the holidays, movies that could be enjoyed in any season by the whole family, though not perhaps the very youngest. Very handy, a Thursday, it keeps Wednesday and Friday from colliding.

Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own.

Archived from the original on 20 March Peter O’Toole as Fisk Senior. It is a gentle, rather whimsical and moving piece which I can’t think would find a mass audience anywhere much, though that, too, is not meant as criticism.

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Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Dean Spanley Bryan Brown Share this Rating Title: The story is intricate and requires considerable setting up, calling for the patience of its audience. It’s a talky, narrowly focused piece that feels like an after-dinner anecdote presented with the full ceremony of a formal meal.


This page was last edited on 29 August deam, at There’s far more to this than meets the eye. Both producers, the director, some of the lead cast Neill was born in Northern Ireland but is associated with New Zealandthe cinematographer, the editor, the composer and a number of other members of the production crew and cast are from New Zealand. Topics Movies The Observer.

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It’s like a Werther’s Original sweet that’s for grandpa only. My Talks with Dean Spanley Dudley Sutton as Marriot. Its lightness of touch is admirable where all too often Brit films are just a tad heavy-handed and suffer as a result. This is a delightful, oddly moving film, immaculately acted, carefully skirting whimsy, and nicely located in its period. It is about dogs; a riotous, fabulous tribute to canines and a savage critique of the low ways of cats, set in a wintery Victorian Norfolk, England, at a time when gentlemen were polite and unemotional.

Over glasses of Hungarian Tokay, the vicar, Dean Spanley, tells a story of friendship, freedom, and reincarnation. Use the HTML below. Think your mother wouldn’t be on to me about that garden? Dean Spanley is an Anglo-New Zealand co-production developed from a novella written in the s by Lord Dunsany, an Irish writer interested in the occult, and adapted by the Scottish novelist Alan Sharp, best known mpvie his scripts for Hollywood genre movies, Ulzana’s Raid, Night Moves spanpey Rob Roy among them.

Jeremy Northam resents spxnley dreary obligation each Thursday: It continued at Holkham Hall in Norfolk mobie and Elveden Hall in Suffolkonce home to and remodelled for the last Maharajah of Punjab in the years just before the film’s setting.

Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)

Offbeat, whimsical, period-set shaggy dog story with daffy performances from Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole. There is a sub-plot concerning Fisk Senior’s childhood that receives an unexpected resolution forming the climax of the story. Icon Film Distribution Ltd.


The Fenland Citizen, 21 November Later the same day Fisk Junior encounters the Dean at his father’s club. But it is the story itself that makes Spanley so marvellous. On this day, the son suggests they attend a visiting guru’s lecture on the transmigration of souls. His other son, the dedicated Henslowe Jeremy Northamseeks to console him but can’t win his love.

A delightful period piece about reincarnation, friendship and dogs with a wonderful collection of performances from its four main characters. Fisk Junior reluctantly visits his father every Thursday. Edit Details Official Sites: Fisk Junior, initially intrigued by the Dean’s oddly open-minded views on reincarnation, is prompted to look beyond the Dean’s appearance that of an affable, rather bland clergyman by his weakness for certain peculiar sensations produced by Hungarian Imperial Tokay wine, which leads him into a dreamlike state.

We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Also I must give Sam Neill a lot of credit for his performance, it must not be easy, at least as far as preparation, to play a man who was a dog in a previous life and almost all of his dialogue would consist of memories of his life as a dog.

You’re very easily pleased. Retrieved from ” https: The puzzle is why this film was ever made in the first place, though I hasten to add that I don’t mean that as any kind of criticism.

This effort will likely travel further due to thesp names, and it does have its peculiar charms.