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Release Date:
23 April 2004 (UK) See more »
A wide-eyed boy in a narrow-minded world. See more »
Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not fantastic but a nice film that made for an engaging watch nonetheless See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Sam Smith ... David Wiseman
Leagh Conwell ... Jessop
Dominic Barklem ... Pritchard
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Mr. Pugh

Emily Woof ... Ruth Wiseman

Yasmin Paige ... Lilian

Richard Ashton ... W.G. Grace
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Wilson

Stanley Townsend ... Victor Wiseman
Osnat Schmool ... Mrs. Glickstein
Mark Penfold ... Head Teacher
Tom Roberts ... James Bryce

Philip Whitchurch ... Mr. Woodberry
Angela Wynter ... Grace Wiseman
Petra Letang ... Loretta Samuel
Louis Mahoney ... Mr. Johnson
Anni Domingo ... Mrs. Jackson

Delroy Lindo ... Dennis Samuel
Leonie Elliott ... Judy Samuel
Naomi Simpson ... Dorothy Samuel
Mary Cunningham ... Mrs. Dunkley
Barry Davis ... Barry
Jon Rumney ... Silverstein
Stephen Richmond ... Vasha

Gary McDonald ... Gary Sobers
Newton Boothe ... Ticket Collector

Chris Geere ... Mrs. Wilson's Grandson
Frank Mills ... Mr. Robinson
Bruce Cook ... Wicket Keeper
Alex Wetten ... Baxter

Hugh Mitchell ... Hargreaves

Rhashan Stone ... Frank Worrell
Carolene Hinds ... Skinny Woman
Sophie Walker ... Mrs. Jessop
Julia Ford ... Mrs. Bryce
Ben Borowiecki ... Robinson
Alexander Green ... Bloom
Ashley Jones ... Blond Boy
Stan Robinson ... First Youth
Ben McCosker ... Second Youth
Danny Robinson ... Third Youth
William Green ... Boy

Tim Treloar ... Police Officer
Lionel Mark Smith ... Fireman (as Lionel Smith)
Bill Wallis ... Newsreel Commentary (voice)
Ukachi Akalawu ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Lucy Gusen ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Maxine Green ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Stewart Gurney ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Warren Heyes ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Geetha Joseph ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Delores Kumah ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Joe Mafe ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Claude Martin-Currie ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Alexis Roberts ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Russell Sargeant ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Barrington Anderson ... Shuffle Dancer
Maureen Hibbert ... Shuffle Dancer
Frank Holden ... Shuffle Dancer
'Turkey' Clement Lewis ... Shuffle Dancer
Irven Lewis ... Shuffle Dancer
Perry Louis ... Shuffle Dancer
Simon Peter ... Shuffle Dancer
Melvyn Saunders ... Shuffle Dancer
Roy Shirley ... Shuffle Dancer
Bill Wiltshire ... Shuffle Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rrenford Junior Fagan ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Abdul Popoola ... Stand In (uncredited)
Jurgen Proschinger ... Cricket Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Morrison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Morrison  written by

Produced by
David Kosse .... co-executive producer
Michael Kuhn .... executive producer
Stewart Le Marechal .... associate producer (as Stewart Le Maréchal)
Kevin Loader .... executive producer
Jonny Persey .... producer
Malcolm Ritchie .... co-production executive: N1
Lesley Stewart .... co-producer
Jill Tandy .... co-production executive: N1
Original Music by
Ilona Sekacz 
Cinematography by
Nina Kellgren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Freeman 
Casting by
Joan McCann 
Toby Whale 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Set Decoration by
Steve Oakes 
Costume Design by
Anushia Nieradzik 
Makeup Department
Beverley Binda .... additional hair stylist
Beverley Binda .... assistant makeup artist
Victoria Elliott .... additional hair stylist
Victoria Elliott .... assistant makeup artist
Lucy Lebow .... makeup trainee (as Lucy Le Bow)
Jeanette Redmond .... additional hair stylist
Jeanette Redmond .... assistant makeup artist
Roseann Samuel .... hair designer
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer
Kerry Scourfield .... makeup assistant
Allison Sing .... makeup assistant (as Alison Sing)
Ellie Winslow .... makeup artist: Delroy Lindo
Production Management
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Channing-Williams .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... co-second assistant director
Art Department
Adam McCreight .... dressing props
Sound Department
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Michael Feinberg .... adr editor
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Danny Hambrook .... sound recordist
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Eric Kuehnl .... adr consultant
Conor Mackey .... assistant sound editor
Khama Matiti .... sound recordist
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... supervising sound editor
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Christophe Belena .... scan and conforming: Duboicolor
Sally Clayton .... digital film producer
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Thierry Delobel .... compositing supervisor
Stephane Dittoo .... digital compositor
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Abdel Ali Kassou .... film scanning and printing
Safiya Ravat .... digital effects artist
Daniel Trujillo .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Bellotti .... electrician
David Bourke .... best boy
Harry Bowers .... second assistant camera
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Chris Gilbertson .... desk operator
Chris Gilbertson .... lighting console operator
Phil Hurst .... electrician
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Mark Burton .... first assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Music Department
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer
Ilona Sekacz .... conductor
Ilona Sekacz .... music arranger
Ilona Sekacz .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver: props (as Ian Lisi)
Jason Mortlock .... unit driver
Other crew
Alexandra Arlango .... assistant: Michael Kuhn
Nicola Armstrong .... assistant coordinator
Joanna Bates .... assistant accountant
Jo Beckett .... script supervisor
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Clifford De Spenser .... dialect coach (as Clifford De Spencer)
Jennie Fava .... set runner
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist
Jurgen Proschinger .... finance manager: Kuhn & Co.
Sarah Teboul .... post-production accountant
Jacqueline Thorogood .... production coordinator
Laurent Treherne .... technical supervisor
Ben Vanstone .... production assistant
Henry Woolley .... location manager

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Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality, language including racial remarks, and brief smoking by minors
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not fantastic but a nice film that made for an engaging watch nonetheless, 22 December 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

David Wiseman loves cricket and follows it religiously despite not actually being any good at it. His efforts to get onto the school cricket team start and end with doing the scoreboard while at home his collection of player cards takes up his time. When his Jewish neighbours move out, the Wiseman's find themselves dropping down the neighbourhood suspicion list as the new neighbours are Jamaican. The eldest of the family, Dennis, immediately uproots the roses in the garden and begins doing who knows what, to the amusement of the neighbours. However when it transpires that they have been making a set of cricket nets David ignores the community disapproval and starts to play with the Samuels family.

Featuring a handful of people from Eastenders, UK actors and one Hollywood star this film was a strange find at the cinema but it understandably didn't do a great deal while it was there. From the trailer it seemed that it was clearly going to be about overcoming prejudice and using cricket as a plot device for this. However watching the film it doesn't seem to completely ever decide if it wants to explore this, the relationship between Ruth and Dennis or a coming of age story surrounding David. Although it is perfectly reasonable that the film would try to combine all three of these, it doesn't really pull it off as well as it could have done. Instead of pushing one thread it runs a middle ground for each one of them and in fairness it does it well enough to make for an interesting film albeit one that is neither that charming or convincing.

The cast help hold the threads together by being consistent in their performances. Smith does well in his role although he is perhaps too easily pulled around by the mix of directions associated with his character even if he does do well scene to scene. Lindo was a surprise find in this film mainly because of how famous he is; his character is hardly complex but he is charismatic and talented enough to do well with it regardless. Woof has a strange character and suffers from the film not really sticking with her threads in all regards. Townsend is solid in support while the rest of the cast fill in round the edges well. Nobody is brilliant but the material doesn't really allow for that on many occasions.

Overall then a pretty enjoyable film. It tends to take the middle-road in several threads rather than pushing it out on any one, which does rather reduce the impact while rounding the film out to be more about the people than any one theme. Not fantastic then but a nice film that made for an engaging watch nonetheless.

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