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An Awfully Big Adventure
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Release Date:
21 July 1995 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In a world of make believe Stella is about to discover the difference between true love... and real life. See more »
Plot:
Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan... See more » | Full synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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One to see, especially for Rickman Fans See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Mike Newell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Beryl Bainbridge  novel
Charles Wood 

Produced by
Victor Glynn .... co-producer
Conor Harrington .... co-producer
Hilary Heath .... producer
Philip Hinchcliffe .... producer
John Kelleher .... executive producer
Steve Matthews .... script producer
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
John Sivers .... executive producer
Andrew Warren .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
 
Art Direction by
David Wilson  (as Dave Wilson)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bergin 
 
Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan .... hair designer
Ann Buchanan .... make up designer
Francesca Crowder .... hair stylist
Stephanie O'Rourke .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
George Adams .... executive production manager
John McDonnell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noel Byrne .... third assistant director
Jim Gorman .... assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... assistant director
Mickey Walsh .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tommy Bassett .... construction manager
Triona Coen .... stand-by props
Clodagh Conroy .... art department stand-by
Eddie Cunningham .... carpenter
Owen Monaghan .... dressing props
Paddy Murray .... stand-by props
Tony Nicholson .... dressing props
Eamonn O'Higgins .... property master
Alan Scott .... painter
Jeanne Vertigan .... production buyer
 
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... foley editor
Sue Baker .... sound editor
Brian Blamey .... dialogue editor
Mick Boggis .... dubbing assistant
Stephen Farrell .... sound trainee
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Tim Lewiston .... assistant dialogue editor
Derek Lomas .... assistant sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
John Salter .... boom operator
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciarán Barry .... clapper loader
Alan Butler .... focus puller
Kenny Byrne .... second focus puller
Tom Collins .... still photographer
John Conroy .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... clapper loader
Seamus Corcoran .... additional camera operator
Sean Corcoran .... camera operator: second unit
Con Dempsey .... gaffer
Kieran Dempsey .... best boy
Terry Eiffe .... electrician
Philip Fitzsimons .... electrician
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Philip Murphy .... grip
Jimmy O'Meara .... rigger
Tony Rowland .... key grip
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Romany Turner .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh .... assistant costume designer
Gabriel O'Brien .... wardrobe trainee
Maeve Paterson .... costume supervisor
Ann Stokes .... wardrobe assistant
Fiona Whelan .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Valentina Giambanco .... second assistant editor
Mick Mahon .... editor trainee
Clive Noakes .... color supervisor
Ian Seymour .... first assistant editor
Ben Yeates .... second assistant editor (as Ben Yates)
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Phil Chapman .... music mixer
Allan Jenkins .... score assistant engineer
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Dougal Cousins .... location manager
Daisy Cummins .... extras coordinator
Janette Hamill .... location coordinator
Toby Hefferman .... production assistant
Andrew Hegarty .... location assistant
Barbara Holloway .... publicist
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist
John McKenna .... chief armorer
Johnny Mulligan .... assistant accountant (as John Mulligan)
Suzanne Nicell .... location coordinator
Andrew Noakes .... production accountant
Sinead O'Brien .... production runner
Anneliese O'Callaghan .... production coordinator
Lisa Parker .... assistant production coordinator
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality and some language
Runtime:
112 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Finland:K-14 | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Trivia:
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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Anachronisms: When O'Hara is running down the wharf in 1947, there is a modern car carrier (ship) in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Rose:You can't do anything I don't hear about, not on that motorbike.
[a beat]
Rose:You won't find her. Not now.
P.L. O'Hara:I might. And I might find him.
Rose:How will you know?
P.L. O'Hara:I'll know. Little chap, stands like me.
Rose:How's that?
P.L. O'Hara:Heroical, twice nightly.
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Movie Connections:
References Stella Maris (1925)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One to see, especially for Rickman Fans, 5 June 2003
Author: marshalmcgavin

Shame on all of those who gave most of the plot away. This is a worthwhile film, one I have seen at least twice and will watch any time it is on. True, I am a fan of Alan Rickman, but it goes beyond that. As a slice of British theatre life it is up there with "The Dresser" and is about as depressing. A romp it is not, but so what? Was it marketed badly? Yes, perhaps. But it is well acted, tightly directed and even fun to watch at times. It doesn't end well, but as Brad Pitt said in character in "The Devil's Own" ... "this isn't an American story." Hooray for that.

As a character study of several people, it is about as good as it gets, although I might want a little more depth, especially on Rickman's character. He is gentlemen enough to be destroyed by what he does in the end and it enobles his character. I enjoyed watching Hugh Grant, who is a delightful man in person and not quite the twit he often plays, cast against type as a nasty, bitchy queen. Yeah, he can act. So what if they pay him a lot of money to be himself, more or less, most of the time? When pressed, he can deliver.

If you like Grant and Rickman, you can't go wrong. If you like dark stories of behind-the-scenes theatre life, this is a good 'un for you. And young Ms. Cates, married to Skeet Ulrich gives a great performance, even if she had to lie her way into the part.

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