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Wide Awake (1998)

PG  |   |  Comedy, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Beal
Dave O'Hara
Mrs. Beal
Mr. Beal
Grandpa Beal
Sister Terry
Vicki Giunta ...
Sister Beatrice
Neena Beal
Heather Casler ...
Father Peters
Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza ...
Freddie Waltman
Robert Brickman
Jaret Ross Barron ...


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ad occhi aperti  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$258,212 (USA) (3 April 1998)

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The extras in the race scene of the film were students and their families of the schools where the movie was shot. See more »


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 »


Joshua A. Beal: Before this year, bullies were just bullies for no reason, weirdos were just weird, and daredevils weren't afraid of anything. Before this year, people I loved lived forever. I spent this year looking for something and wound up seeing everything around me. It's like I was asleep before and finally woke up. Know what? I'm wide-awake now.
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Performed by The Bathers
Written by Loe Miralles
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12 November 2004 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this little sleeper of a film. I had never heard of it and fell upon it by chance. It's completely unlike the other films I've seen by M. Night Shyamalan in that it's not caught up in the supernatural or science fiction. I think it really show just what a great film maker he is. Made in 1998 it was just before his big stuff hit the screens. It's just a simple story of a young boy searching for God after his Grandfather dies and in the process finding himself awakening to what's going on in life as well as restoring his faith. A pretty good cast all around, and all basically in supporting roles for the young actor Joseph Cross carries the film. I don't know why it kept such a low profile.

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