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Second Best (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 September 1994 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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$86,115
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Last film of Alfred Lynch. See more »

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[Remembering his mother's death]
Graham: Dad wasn't making much sense. His hands were like injured birds looking for a safe place to roost.
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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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A very moving and well acted film. Slow moving but real.
16 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

William Hurt is very believable as a west country postmaster and the adoption process is taken apart in a sympathetic and believable manner. The film has charm and pace while dealing with a difficult subject. If it were to be made now would there be a different emphasis in the light of current obsessions with protecting children from paedophiles?


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