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Time Out says

Hugh Leonard's stage play translates dully to the screen in this valentine to a dead Dublin father. Da (Hughes) is dead and buried but comes back to exasperate his son Charlie (Sheen), now a successful playwright in New York. The ghost device releases a flood of flashbacks from Charlie's boyhood and young manhood, in all of which ineffectual Da plays the spoiler's part. His prospect of certain sex, for instance, is banjaxed when Da approaches the park bench and, by dint of garrulity, unearths the girl's family history and queers the lad's pitch. Any hope of presenting an emotional exorcism, as Charlie wins through to the realisation that his Da loves him, is shafted by the sheer obviousness of the old man's affection from the start. Mildly entertaining.
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Release details

UK release:

1988

Duration:

102 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Doreen Hepburn, Hugh O'Conor, Karl Hayden, Barnard Hughes, William Hickey, Martin Sheen

Producer:

Julie Corman

Cinematography:

Alar Kivilo

Editor:

Nancy Nuttal Beyda

Production Designer:

Frank Conway

Director:

Matt Clark

Screenwriter:

Hugh Leonard

Music:

Elmer Bernstein

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