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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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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 Terry
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Vicki Giunta ...
Sister Beatrice
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Neena Beal
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Hope
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Father Peters
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Freddie Waltman
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Robert Brickman
Jaret Ross Barron ...
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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Meeting your best friend. Finding your favorite teacher. Having your first crush. Remember what it felt like to be... 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)  »

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Ad occhi aperti  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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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 »

Quotes

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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JUNE LIGHT
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Very sweet, underrated film
15 December 2002 | by (Wichita, KS) – See all my reviews

I've never understood why so many people seem turned off by this movie. Aside from some unnecessary uses of the 'S' word, this is a very original, very moving story that could even be of comfort to children who have lost a relative or friend.

What's not to like? We have very positive messages here. Seeking and finding strength in faith, dealing with reality. The child actors are outstanding. Joseph Cross portrays his character so perfectly that it is at times very moving.

A great supporting cast of Dennis Leary, Dana Delaney and Rosie O'Donnell (at her funniest, yet most reserved persona). Flawless directing by Shyamalan and a great score by Edmund Choi that has since been used elsewhere.

A perfect little film with a big heart for anyone who's lost someone they loved.


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