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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Heather Casler ...
Hope
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Father Peters
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Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza ...
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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boy | school | nun | 10 year old | fifth grader | See more »

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First kisses. Outrageous pranks. A teacher with a killer fastball. To survive this year, Joshua Beal will have to stay... See more »

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Joshua A. Beal: My question is about my Aunt Denise. She's not baptized, so that means she's going to Hell right?
Sister Terry: Uh, no, actually she's not, Joshua.
Joshua A. Beal: And my dad's best friend, he's not baptized either, and that means *he's* going to hell.
[kids beginning to clammer nervously]
Sister Terry: Joshua, I think you misunderstood.
Student: Oh man! Seth Greenburg rides my bus, he's not baptized...
Sister Terry: Okay, wait a sec...
Student #2: Hey, my cousin's going to hell?
Sister Terry: No, I don't think...
Student: The family living next door - their whole house is going to hell!
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

THIS AIN'T A SONG (IT'S A PRAYER)
Performed by John Carbo
Music and Lyrics by John Carbo
Published by Kingmaker Music (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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