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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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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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 »


Mrs. Beal: [waking him] Joshua. Joshua. Joshua, *please*, you're a 5th grader today, you're almost a man.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Performed by The Winebottles
Written by Doug Murray
Produced by The Gods Publishing/Doug Murray
Courtesy of Red Garage Records
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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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