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Wah-Wah (2005)

 -  Drama  -  2 June 2006 (UK)
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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

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Gwen Traherne
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Lauren Compton
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Lady Riva Hardwick
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June Broughton
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Dr. Zim Mzimba
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Vernon
John Carlisle ...
Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ...
Dozen
Sindisiswe Nxumalo ...
Regina
Michael Richard ...
Tobias
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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. It is written and directed by Richard E Grant, and based on true events from Richard E Grant's childhood. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,146 (New Zealand) (8 September 2006)

Gross:

$135,568 (New Zealand) (15 September 2006)
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According to Richard E. Grant's diaries the part of the father was meant to be younger but all the actors were asked in that age range passed so an older actor was chosen. See more »

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When Ralph comforts Ruby at the hospital, her dress starts slipping from her right shoulder. When the camera takes a close shot, the dress is up to her neck. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Compton - 11 years old: Why is Daddy's medal stupid?
Lauren Compton: Because all those idiots, dressed up like bloody vanilla ice creams, think that it's a suitable reward for enduring a lifetime of boredom out here in this... middle of bloody nowhere, that's why!
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Features A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Stay As Sweet As You Are
Written by Mack Gordon & Harry Revel
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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31 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was absolutely excellent. I saw it tonight and it held a very special place in my heart because i'm Swazi and I knew all about what was happening and Grant's family. I thought it was a very accurate portrayal of Swazis and Swazi culture. It was beautifully done because it was just a boy's view of the world around him. He didn't politicize the era, and he allowed the viewer to make his or her own judgments without trying to steer the audience. It was beautifully done. The settings and the scenes were structured beautifully and I felt as if I was in Swaziland. I realize how biased I am and I went to see the film with an American friend and we both appreciated Richard E. Grant's style. It is very obvious that he put a lot into this film and the result is captivating. I cried and I thought it was because i had a personal connection to the film but when the lights went up I noticed that I wasn't the only one shedding tears. I highly recommend this film to people who want to go on a journey. I just loved it!


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