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Second Best (1994)

 -  Drama  -  30 September 1994 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nathan Yapp ...
Jimmy
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John
Chris Cleary Miles ...
James
Doris Irving ...
Adoption Shop Volunteer
James Warrior ...
Senior Social Worker
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Debbie
Alfred Lynch ...
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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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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30 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$86,115 (USA)
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Film debuts of Chris Cleary Miles, Nathan Yapp and Jake Owen. They all played Jimmy/James at different ages and this role remains as their only acting film work. See more »

Quotes

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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The Wren
(La Capinera)
Performed by Josephine Tumminia with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Well done!

This is a moving, touching film. For me a little bit frightening too. In the real world there are some people, who behave like Holt. (Unimportant, but funny that the word "Holt" means Dead in Hungarian which is my first language.) This movie is like a therapy, an advice for unhappy, lonely people. A believable film is a great pleasure nowadays, but if you meet your own life face-to-face in a script, well... it's pretty scary. If you pay attention good enough, it changes your life! Thank God for this film!


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