Hear My Song

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Hear My Song
Hear My Song 1991.jpg
Film poster
Directed byPeter Chelsom
Produced byAlison Owen
Written byPeter Chelsom
Adrian Dunbar
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
27 December 1991
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£739,989 (UK)[1]
$4,413,473 (US)[1]

Hear My Song is a 1991 drama film written by the actors Peter Chelsom (who also directed) and Adrian Dunbar (who plays the lead) based on the story of Irish tenor Josef Locke. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 1993 BAFTA awards.[2]

The film also stars Tara Fitzgerald, David McCallum, William Hootkins, Shirley Anne Field, James Nesbitt, and Ned Beatty as Locke.


The story revolves around an attempt by Micky O'Neill (Dunbar) to revive the fortunes of his Liverpool nightclub by promising his patrons that he will produce Josef Locke. After a series of unfortunate bookings (including, most notably, Franc Cinatra, a Sinatra impersonator), Micky books the mysterious Mr. X, a man who insists that he cannot be booked as Jo Locke due to the legal issues that would invariably ensue. The elusive Locke left England during the 1950s to avoid paying taxes, leaving behind "a beauty queen, a Jaguar sportscar, and a pedigree dalmatian, all of them pining." O'Neill's personal and professional life are left in ruin after the beauty queen, Kathleen Doyle, exposes his Mr. X as a fraud. O'Neill returns to Ireland to find the one true Josef Locke and bring him back.



Hear My Song received positive reviews from critics, as the film holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews.



  1. ^ a b Olins, Rufus. "Mr Fixit of the British Screen." Sunday Times [London, England] 24 Sept. 1995: 9[S]. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
  2. ^ Janet Maslin (1992-01-19). "Hear My Song (1991) Review/Film; Irish Tenor Is Focus Of Intrigue and Blarney". The New York Times.

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