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Second Best (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 September 1994 (USA)
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Graham, a lonely Welsh postal worker, adopts James, a troubled ten-year-old boy. Graham always wanted a son, but James loves his biological father too much to give Graham a chance. Will the two be able to accept each other as family?

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Nathan Yapp ...
Jimmy
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John
Chris Cleary Miles ...
Doris Irving ...
Adoption Shop Volunteer
James Warrior ...
Senior Social Worker
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Edward
Rachel Freeman ...
Elsie
Gus Troakes ...
Jeffo
Mossie Smith ...
Lynn
Martin Troakes ...
Colin
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Graham, age 20
Paul Wilson ...
Colin, age 20
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Bernard
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Graham Holt is a lonely middle-aged man who runs a postal substation in a small village in England. He decides to adopt a son. James is the troubled youth he gets with the assistance of social worker Debbie. James has been in an orphanage for years since his mother committed suicide. He adores his outlaw father John, sent to prison not long after the mother's death. Can James learn to love Graham? Can Graham settle for being second best? Written by Reid Gagle

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Graham Holt: I cried.
Debbie: So I heard.
Graham Holt: Isn't it usual to phone before you visit?
Debbie: Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I like to catch people unawares.
Graham Holt: Anyway, there's no point now.
Debbie: Why?
Graham Holt: I told you. I cried in front of the child I was hoping to adopt and his - what's it called - his key worker.
Debbie: Best thing you could have done. Now they're both crazy about you.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Saturday Night Forever
Written and Performed by Simon Boswell
Published by Sunfun Ltd.
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Remarkable
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Paul wrote a beautiful review with the proper amount of reverence towards what is in our culture almost a sacred subject, the father son relationship. This is the story of two such relationships, each one gone bad, and how the two survivors find the solution in each other and could find the solution in nobody else. The filmmakers also had a problem which needed a solution and found that in the cinematography, direction and marvelous acting and casting (several actors for each character at different ages) and music you'll remember long after the lights go up. Because it's such a small scale picture I would only give it a 9/10 and BenHur and Laurence of Arabia get a 10, yet they're no better, only bigger.


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