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Wondrous Oblivion (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  23 April 2004 (UK)
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Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill, and he's a laughingstock at school. So when a Jamaican family moves in ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Smith ...
David Wiseman
Leagh Conwell ...
Jessop
Dominic Barklem ...
Pritchard
Jo Stone-Fewings ...
Mr. Pugh
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Ruth Wiseman
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Lilian
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W.G. Grace
Carol MacReady ...
Mrs. Wilson
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Victor Wiseman
Osnat Schmool ...
Mrs. Glickstein
Mark Penfold ...
Head Teacher
Tom Roberts ...
James Bryce
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Mr. Woodberry
Angela Wynter ...
Grace Wiseman
Petra Letang ...
Loretta Samuel
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Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill, and he's a laughingstock at school. So when a Jamaican family moves in next door and builds a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960s Britain, and when the neighbours start to make life difficult for the new arrivals, David's family is caught in the middle, and he has to choose between fitting in and standing up for the new friends who have turned his world upside-down. Written by Anonymous

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Catching onto the game if one thing... but grasping it is another. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality, language including racial remarks, and brief smoking by minors | See all certifications »

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$10,740 (USA) (28 July 2006)

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$88,560 (USA) (10 November 2006)
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Wondrously Uplifting
4 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is simply quite magical.

Its subject matter is really racial hatred in Britain in the early 1960s, but it is done against the background of a Jewish boy being taught to play cricket by an Afro-Caribbean who has moved in next doors.

The charming script is matched by outstanding performances throughout, with Delroy Lindo being topped only be the young, and excellent Sam Smith.

Perhaps most rewarding of all is that there are no cop-outs in this film- the boy doesn't get the girl and win the game. He has to make a choice, which is beautifully handled.


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