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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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Did You Know?


Third and final [to date, July 2015] theatrical feature filmed version of a Beryl Bainbridge story after Sweet William (1980) and The Dressmaker (1988). See more »


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


P.L. O'Hara: Don't you love me just a bit?
Stella: No, I love another.
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Referenced in Skins: Sketch (2008) 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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