The lilt of Irish laughter and wit fills the screen in the romantic comedy HEAR MY SONG, and its blarney is irresistible.
Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) runs a nightclub that caters to Liverpool's Irish community. His main problem is booking talent for his venue and he usually wheels and deals in order to find "names" that will bring in the masses. He hits on a scheme: he'll bring back the notorious "Mr. X," hinting
broadly that this is the legendary and much loved Josef Locke. But Locke is a wanted man who fled to Ireland 30 years earlier because of massive tax evasion. Micky's "Mr. X" (William Hootkins), however, is a fraud. As a result of his wheeling and dealing, Micky loses the club, and his fiancee. So
Micky has no alternative. He returns to Ireland, determined to find the real Josef Locke and somehow get him to risk arrest and return to Liverpool for a special appearance.
HEAR MY SONG is based on an incident in the life of the world-famous Irish tenor Josef Locke, who really did flee Britain due to tax difficulties. Former stage actor Peter Chelsom, who makes an auspicious feature directorial debut and also co-wrote the screenplay, remembers the real Josef Locke
from his own youth in Blackpool. Production designer Caroline Hanania has succeeded in giving each segment a unique feel, from harsh big city to small picturesque town to the fantastical elements in the club's demise, all of which has provided splendid opportunities for cinematographer Sue Gibson.
One of the film's central themes is a touching reflection on how dreams can be distorted. Dreams and longing for something lasting in a very transient world are what HEAR MY SONG is all about.
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: The lilt of Irish laughter and wit fills the screen in the romantic comedy HEAR MY SONG, and its blarney is irresistible. Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) runs a nightclub that caters to Liverpool's Irish community. His main problem is booking talent for his… (more)