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An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

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Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth as she becomes drawn into a web of sexual politics and intrigue. Written by Alex Brewer

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In a world of make believe Stella is about to discover the difference between true love... and real life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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21 July 1995 (USA)  »

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Aventure en coulisses  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$258,195 (USA)
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The film's source 1989 novel of the same name written by authoress Beryl Bainbridge was shortlisted for Booker Prize in 1990. See more »

Goofs

Stella's coat as her uncle leaves the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Stella: I know other words. Just that no one cares to hear them.
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References Stella Maris (1918) See more »

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Don't expect it to be cute
23 September 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The likely reason people don't like this film is because it was released by Miramax who are infamous for mis-marketing their tough sell pictures ("Muriel's Wedding" was a feel good, laugh a minute romantic comedy? "Captives" was a thriller!). This movie isn't a sweet coming of age story. It's a devastating account of a young woman's loss of innocence in a cruel world.

I tend to really like the movies most people find too depressing. Like the ancient Greeks I find human tragedy the greatest form of emotional catharsis. If you are the same way I recommend this film highly.


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