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An Awfully Big Adventure -- In Liverpool in 1947, a theatre company is planning to produce a series of plays. Sixteen year old Stella...


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Release Date:
21 July 1995 (USA) See more »
In a world of make believe Stella is about to discover the difference between true love... and real life. See more »
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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A convoluted but cogent look at theatre and actors See more (30 total) »


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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
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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Rated R for sexuality and some language
112 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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The film's source 1989 novel of the same name written by authoress Beryl Bainbridge was shortlisted for Booker Prize in 1990.See more »
Anachronisms: When O'Hara is running down the wharf in 1947, there is a modern car carrier (ship) in the background.See more »
Stella:But Mr. Potter, you haven't seen me act!
Meredith Potter:Oh, I rather think I have.
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Movie Connections:
References Stella Maris (1918)See more »


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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A convoluted but cogent look at theatre and actors, 22 August 2000
Author: Malette from Kure Beach, NC, USA

The real hub around which this movie moves is not Hugh Grant or Alan Rickman but Georgina Cates as Stella, an unpaid sixteen year old student who is not only stagestruck but enamored of Meredith Potter (Hugh Grant), the cruel and thoughtless director who is more interested in boys.

Stella, ignorant of most of life, is unaware of his predilictions and so ill-informed she is afraid she might have a venereal disease from touching a man with her hand. Having been abandoned by her mother (who is the voice on the phone giving the time), she is being raised by her aunt and uncle, well-meaning people who love her but have no idea of what to do with her or tell her. Eventually she is seduced by P.L. O'Hara (Alan Rickman), who has come to Liverpool to play Captain Hook but also to once again look for the woman who bore him a child many years before. He imagines he has a son and that belief allows him to continue, despite his lack of self worth.

He eventually succumbs to his own predilictions when he pursues Stella. She, having no idea of sex other than as something to be done to her, is a slow learner but eventually says that like "learning a ukelele, it takes practice." The Grant character is so thoroughly despicable it proves once and for all that Hugh Grant can, in fact, act. Rickman gives a well done, mostly underplayed performance, not even having a line in the first four scenes he is in. Georgina Cates is the real jewel here, with a combination of naivete and boldness, along with a girlish charm which makes Stella believable as well as pathetic. Not the greatest movie made but a well done, well cast piece of work by professionals with a sense of purpose. See it! But not for the children.

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