|Directed by||Michael Lindsay-Hogg|
|Produced by||Noel Pearson|
|Written by||Ronan O'Leary
|Based on||The Dork of Cork
by Chet Raymo
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Editing by||Ruth Foster|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Release date(s)||22 November 1995|
|Running time||101 minutes|
|Box office||$78,168 (USA)|
Frankie Starlight is a 1995 film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The screenplay was written by Ronan O'Leary and Chet Raymo, based on the internationally best-selling novel The Dork of Cork (ISBN 0-4466-7000-6) by Raymo.
Frank Bois writes a successful first novel and finds himself looking back over his life. His mother Bernadette (Parillaud) was a French woman who, after the death of her friends and family in World War II, hid herself aboard an Allied war ship heading to Ireland, where she exchanged sexual favors for silence among the soldiers who found her on board. A nice customs agent, Jack Kelly (Byrne), allowed Bernadette to enter Ireland illegally, and they soon became a couple lovers, even though she was already pregnant from one of the soldiers from the ship.
Bernadette soon gave birth to young Frankie (Pentony), who suffers from dwarfism. As he grew older, Frankie develops romantic feelings for Jack's daughter Emma (Cates), who does not share his feelings, while Jack teaches astronomy to Frankie. Eventually, Bernadette meets Terry Klout (Dillon), an American soldier she had met on the war ship, who offers to marry her. Bernadette and Frankie go with Terry to his home in Texas, but both mother and son feel like they don't belong there, so they return to the Irish home they loved. An older Bernadette eventually committed suicide, and Frank used his life as source material for his writing.
Principal cast 
|Gabriel Byrne||Jack Kelly|
|Matt Dillon||Terry Klout|
|Corban Walker||Frank Bois|
|Dearbhla Molloy||Effa Kelly|
Critical reception 
|“||Sincere, serious and more than a little strange... Quirky as it is, this earnest film offers few real surprises and only fleeting charms. One of its disappointments is the listless performance by Anne Parillaud, the fiery star of La Femme Nikita, who moves distractedly through her role. The movie, based on Chet Raymo's novel The Dork of Cork, tries hard but hasn't much glimmer of its own.||”|