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Wide Awake (1998)

A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

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Dave O'Hara
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Grandpa Beal
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Sister Sophia
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Neena Beal
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Freddie Waltman
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A fifth grader goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Along the way he gets into tons of trouble at Waldron Academy an all-boys school. Also he is aided on his search by a sports-loving nun. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy that will raise your spirits and keep you laughing. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más astuto que nunca  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,875 (USA) (22 March 1998)

Gross:

$258,212 (USA) (5 April 1998)
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Robert Loggia's character is listed as Grandpa Beal, but during the picture the character Joshua A. Beal explains that "Grandpa was my mom's dad" and that would most likely mean that Beal is not Grandpa's last name, since it is his mother's married name. See more »

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Mr. Beal: Joshua, the pope is not God.
Joshua A. Beal: I know that, but he's his best friend.
Mr. Beal: We're not going to Rome.
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BLAME
Performed by Zeitmahl
Music by Zeitmahl
Lyrics by Shok
Published by Spiral To The Nth (BMI)
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It's the story of a young man who is faced with the challenge of learning how to deal with death.
11 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While many people believe this movie is not worth the time and use the low grossing as evidence to back that up, I believe it is an excellent coming of age story. It shows us how children deal with death and reminds us that sometimes it takes a tragedy to open our eyes. It may be a little mundane to use a child as the center for a coming of age drama to give the audience a lesson in how to deal with death, but this movie does a really good job of waking us up. I cried and I laughed. Each time I cried it was real and sad, but each time I laughed it was heartfelt and even if for a fraction of a second that laugh made me happy. It is hard to find a quality movie that is able to invoke such an emotional response.


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