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Wide Awake (1998)

 -  Drama | Family  -  20 March 1998 (USA)
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A 10 year old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

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Joshua Beal
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Dave O'Hara
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Mrs. Beal
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Mr. Beal
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Grandpa Beal
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Sister Beatrice
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Neena Beal
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Freddie Waltman
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Dan
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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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boy | school | nun | 10 year old | fifth grader | See more »

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She Had All The Answers... Until Now! See more »

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Drama | Family

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

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Wide Awake  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,875 (USA) (20 March 1998)

Gross:

$258,212 (USA) (3 April 1998)
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Although released in 1998, the film was actually produced in 1995. See more »

Goofs

During the girls' ceremony, Hope's rose changes from one more fully open and blush colored, to a more tightly closed, whiter bud. See more »

Quotes

Frank Benton: Hey Josh, is today tomorrow?
Joshua A. Beal: No Frank, tomorrow's tomorrow. Today's today, and tomorrow's tomorrow.
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PINT OF NAILS
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Written by Loe Miralles
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In the Beginning...
11 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first film written and directed by M. Night Shyalaman, who would go on to make a film called "The Sixth Sense" a few years later. They're not exactly the same genre of movie, but they both have a very similar feel to them, in both dialogue and overall tone & pacing.

This movie was a lot of fun to watch, and worth the rent, if you can dig it out of the children's section at your local video store (it's rated PG). Good performances from all, with maybe only 1 or 2 scenes giving themselves away, something "The Sixth Sense" wasn't guilty of at all.

That said, it's worth something as a milestone, as well... compare the early works of David Fincher or even Ron Howard, and notice how they got better as they went along, making more movies. This movie is a solid B+, with The Sixth Sense being the obvious A. We can only guess what "Unbreakable" may hold for us.

Great actors and writing in this one, regardless. It is very much the story of young Josh and his search for God, and is not at all a Rosie O'Donnell movie as you may have been led to believe. Well worth watching. Denis Leary never looked so nerdy.


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