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An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

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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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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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1.85 : 1
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The picture was "filmed on location in Dublin, Ireland" according to the movie's closing credits. See more »

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When O'Hara is running down the wharf in 1947, there is a modern car carrier (ship) in the background. See more »

Quotes

Stella: It's been awful. There was this man who seduced me. It wasn't my fault.
[shouting into the telephone]
Stella: I'm learning, Mother! I'm just bending down to tie a shoelace. Everyone else is waiting around the corner.
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References Stella Maris (1918) See more »

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Adorable blokes, aren't they?
18 July 1999 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

I particulary enjoyed this film. I thought Hugh Grant did a great and decidedly out-of-turn portrayal of the deviant Meredith. Alan Rickman looked so cool on that motorcycle it wasn't even funny. The lighting in this film was excellent, and it's portrayal of petty theatre politics was pretty accurate even by modern standards. Georgina Cates was a wonderful Stella and the plot was well-developed. It seems as though most English adaptations of books tend to be better cinematically than original American films. Go figure.


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