Thursday, March 17, 2011
St. Patrick's Day Forgotten Film Extra: Hear My Song
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! In honor of this day and my Irish heritage, I'm discussing a Forgotten Film extra, the 1991 movie Hear My Song.
The film revolves around a young Irish man named Mickey, who runs a nightclub featuring some questionable "talent," such as a singer named Frank Cinatra--yes, Cinatra with a "C" instead of an "S". (A nightclub employee asks Mickey, "Who's next--Bing Crosby with a K?") When he almost loses his club and his longtime girlfriend (to whom he's been noncommittal), he leaves his town on a search for a big name act that can save his club and his relationship--real life Irish tenor Josef Locke, who disappeared decades before after being charged with tax evasion. Will Mickey find the elusive Locke, and if so, will Locke agree to save Mickey's club, and in turn his life?
The film relies a lot on the stereotypes of Irish characters with quirks and hardcore drinking habits, but they are used more as a tribute to those qualties rather than a condemnation of them. And if you're looking for a sober look at Irish life and politics, watch The Crying Game or In The Name of the Father instead. This movie is pure froth, and delightful froth at that. I highly recommend this fun, romantic, funny, and sentimental film. Watch the red band (rated R!) trailer below. Slainte!