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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

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
...
Bernard
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Storyline

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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$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

James: What sort of things did you do when you were my age?
Graham Holt: I kept my head down, I suppose. Nothing very exciting.
James: [points to his life-story book] Is what's in there exciting?
Graham Holt: [pauses, turns pages] It's more disturbing than exciting.
James: That's what they say I am. Disturbed.
Graham Holt: What do you say?
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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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A very moving and well acted film. Slow moving but real.
16 September 2001 | by (Bangor, Wales) – 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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