Frankie & Hazel 20 years old

Actress JoBeth Williams directed this Showtime family feature starring The Sixth Sense's Mischa Barton for Barbra Streisand's Barwood Films. Barton is Frankie and Ingrid Uribe is Hazel, Frankie's neighbor and best friend. Frankie is an orphan who lives with her imperious grandmother, Phoebe (Joan Plowright), while Hazel lives with her father and older brother. Frankie's mother was a prima ballerina--killed in a car crash along with her father--and Frankie's been following in her toe shoes ever since. Although she's the best dancer in her class, she'd rather play baseball, whereas Hazel's a local activist who'd rather be mayor. The story strains credibility when 13-year-old Hazel runs for office against the middle-aged incumbent, but Frankie's goal is more understandable, and both actresses make their characters sympathetic and believable. It's as hard not to like them as it is not to root for them to succeed.

Credits

Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright

Phoebe Harkness

Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton

Francesca 'Frankie' Humphries

Richard Yniguez
Richard Yniguez

Antonio Perez

Richard Yniguez
Richard Yniguez

Carlos Perez

Michael Kopsa
Michael Kopsa

Coach Anhault

All Cast

Name Character
Mischa Barton She was 14, now 35 years old as Francesca 'Frankie' Humphries
Joan Plowright She was 70, now 91 years old as Phoebe Harkness
Richard Yniguez He was 53, now 74 years old as Antonio Perez
Richard Yniguez He was 53, now 74 years old as Carlos Perez
Michael Kopsa He was 44, now 65 years old as Coach Anhault

Crew

Name Department
JoBeth Williams as Director. She was 51 (now 72) years old Directing
Frankie & Hazel (20 years)

  • Release day: Sunday, October 08, 2000
  • Runtime: 92 minutes