Finnegan Begin Again

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Finnegan Begin Again
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Written byWalter Lockwood
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Starring Mary Tyler Moore
Robert Preston
Sam Waterston
Sylvia Sidney
David Huddleston
Music by David Sanborn
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerMichael Deeley
ProducersJan Wieringa
Gower Frost
Production location Richmond, Virginia
Cinematography Robby Müller
EditorJay Freund
Running time111 minutes
Production companies Consolidated Productions
Jennie & Co.
Zenith Productions
HBO Premiere Films
Distributor HBO
Original networkHBO
Picture formatColor
Audio formatDolby
Original release
  • February 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)

Finnegan Begin Again is a 1985 American made-for-HBO romantic comedy film directed by Joan Micklin Silver, shot by Robby Müller, and starring Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Preston. The movie was filmed in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia [1] and premiered on HBO on February 24, 1985, before being released on video. [2] The supporting cast features Sam Waterston and Sylvia Sidney.



Michael Finnegan, a past-his-prime journalist, has been relegated to ghost-writing "Dear Felicity", a column for the lovelorn. He and his wife live in a decaying neighborhood. She is long despondent over the loss of their young son, and lives in a fantasy world. Despite these reversals, Finnegan retains his optimism; he knows that lives can start over, and over. He gets his own chance to begin again when one day on the bus, he meets Liz DeHaan, an art teacher who is having an affair with a married man.


Home media

The film was released on VHS by Thorn EMI/HBO Video under license from Home Box Office. However, it never released on DVD or Blu-ray.

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