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Wide Awake (1998)

A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

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

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Más astuto que nunca  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,875 (USA) (22 March 1998)

Gross:

$258,212 (USA) (5 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 »

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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 »

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Joshua A. Beal: Those are the kids in my class. Kids in uniforms don't smile very much.
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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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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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