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An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 July 1995 (USA)
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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... 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

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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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Alan Rickman was reportedly upset to find out that Georgina Cates had lied about her age (she was in her early 20's but stated she was only, indeed, 16) in order to land the role of Stella. He had gone out of his way to be extremely gentle around her during their intimate scenes because of her perceived age. See more »

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

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Meredith Potter: [During rehearsal] What do you think the play's about, Stella?
Stella: [pauses] Love.
Meredith Potter: I think it's about Time. I think we're all mourners at a funeral procession and that some of us have simply dropped behind to tie a shoelace. Contact with the beloved is suspended, but the dead are still there, so to those who we think we love, just around a dangerous corner, waiting to be caught up with.
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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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