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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 »


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?


The film's source 1989 novel of the same name written by authoress Beryl Bainbridge was shortlisted for Booker Prize in 1990. See more »


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


P.L. O'Hara: Don't you love me just a bit?
Stella: No, I love another.
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References Stella Maris (1925) See more »

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Depressing Themes Overcome by Great Storytelling
8 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"An Awfully Big Adventure" is a story of a naive 16 year old girl, wonderfully played by Georgiana Cates, and her interaction with the members of a bottom-of-the-line stock company in 1947 Liverpool. The Liverpool actors are lead by an incredibly nasty, chain-smoking homosexual director, played by Hugh Grant in what may have been the best performance of his career. Their star, "Perhaps the best Captain Hook ever," is played by Alan Rickman in yet another stellar performance. This is a consistently entertaining but very, very cynical coming of age story. Thus, it may not be for all tastes. Nevertheless, I recommended it highly, 8 out of 10.

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