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A Heartwarming Gem from Scotland
Release Date: April 07, 2006
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features/Universal
Director: Gaby Dellal
Producer: Sarah Curtis and Dorothy Berwin
Writer: Alex Rose
Address Comments To:David Linde and James Schamus
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The movie opens with 55-year-old Frank Redmond suddenly being laid off after decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder. Haunted by a family tragedy that has estranged him from his adult son Rob, Frank finds himself without a job or a sense of direction. He is too proud to ask for guidance, not from his working buddies and certainly not from his loving wife Joan.
An offhand remark from a young co-worker, Danny, inspires Frank to challenge himself. He decides to attempt the nearly impossible: to swim the English Channel. With help from his friends, including the taciturn Chinese fish-and-chips shop owner, Chan, Frank begins training, but keeps his intention hidden from his wife and his son. Keeping the secret, however, threatens to bring old family wounds to the surface. Frank realizes that swimming the Channel is about more than just mid-life crisis.
ON A CLEAR DAY is very funny and often moving. Viewers will cheer for Frank, not only in his goal to swim the Channel but also for him to repair his strained family ties.
Peter Mullan is perfect as Frank, and so is Brenda Blethyn as Frank's wife Joan, who is herself trying to do something without her spouse's knowledge, which is to get a job as a female bus driver. They are supported by a marvelous cast of characters, including Billy Boyd from THE LORD OF THE RINGS as Danny in another delightful performance.
ON A CLEAR DAY is a wonderful, positive film about courage and the bonds that knit together both families and friends. It does contain some foul language, however (see the accompanying CONTENT section).
ON A CLEAR DAY is very funny and often moving. Viewers will cheer for Frank, not only in his goal to swim the Channel but also for him to repair his strained family ties. The cast is marvelously entertaining and is filled with talented veteran actors. This is a wonderful, positive film about courage and the bonds that knit together both families and friends, but there is some foul language