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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventure en coulisses  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$258,195 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The playhouse seen in the picture was actually the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. See more »


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


Rose: What'll become of her, Bunny?
[Shakes the unconscious Stella]
Rose: What will become of you? If you're lucky, you'll end up like me, at least me. I was as silly as you in a lot of ways, still am. A sickness, my girl, being something else.
[Looks around the theatre]
Rose: Came to the right place for it, I'll say that.
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The most mind blowing experience I've ever had.
25 January 2002 | by (Rogers, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Well, this movie has definitely changed my views on Alan Rickman. He just blew my mind with his passionate performance...there isn't another to explain it.

Now the plot was very complex so you did need to see it more than once to get the gist of every little twist. I'll tell you there are allot of twists in this movie. But thats what makes it a must see.

I recommend this movie to anyone thats in need of a good slap in the face. I know that I sure did.

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