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Netflixy: Dean Spanley [Reviews]

March 13, 2011

So, how could I not watch this film?  The description from Netflix:

“At a visiting swami’s lecture, Edwardian gentleman Fisk (Jeremy Northam) meets his district’s strange new clergyman, Dean Spanley (Sam Neill). The dean is a firm believer in reincarnation, which he expounds upon freely when drinking a particular Hungarian wine. Curious, Fisk delivers a case of the stuff to the dean, regaling in the man’s stories about his previous life as a dog. Peter O’Toole co-stars in this offbeat British comedy.”

Peter O’Toole is absolutely amazing and steals the show with his comedic timing, ditto for Bryan Brown as Wrather and Judy Parfitt as Mrs. Brimley.  A few gems:

Fisk Senior (O’Toole): “There’s no point to regretting things that have gone to the trouble of happening.”

Dean Spanley (Neill): “Only the closed mind is certain.”

Fisk Junior (Northam): “Do you believe in the transmigration of souls Mrs. Brimley?” Mrs. Brimley (Judy Parfitt): “I don’t believe in letting foreigners in, if that’s what you mean.”

Fisk Senior: “I can see how fine the day is.  As for ‘particular in mind’, everything is particular in mind when you get down to it.”

Fisk Senior: “Only thing that made sense in the whole damn thing was what the chap said about dogs making you better than you are.” Young Fisk: “Canine flattery is a survival mechanism, according to Darwin.”  Fisk Senior: “The chap never had a dog is all I can say.” Young Fisk: “I’m told he had a beagle.” Fisk Senior: “I had a dog, Wag, one of the seven great dogs.  At any given time you know, there are only seven great dogs in the world, did you know that?”

The graphics of the opening credit also make this worth watching.  So go do it.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2011 2:14 am

    You are so incredibly right. I need to see this movie. Actually, how have I not already seen this movie!?!

    P.S. You’re blog = FTW raised to the power of awesome.

  2. March 18, 2011 2:15 am

    P.P.S. That was “your” not “you’re.” Obviously, giving coffee up for Lent is not conducive to grammar.

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