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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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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
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Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ...
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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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Richard E. Grant kept a diary of pre-production, production and post production which was released as a book with the film's release. 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 »

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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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Written by Sholom Secunda, Jacob Jacobs, Saul Chaplin & Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
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A most excellent film that has jumped to the top of my list!
8 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Wah-Wah is a beautiful film! One that i saw just yesterday and have had in my head since and wanted it to stay in there. I have recommended it to everyone i have seen since then, and still find myself commenting on it most randomly.

Wah-Wah is a sad film, and i believe i have cried more tears in this movie more than any other. I had tears running down my neck. I am not generally fond of sad movies but i found this one so different! Besides it is not all sad, I was also even crying with happiness. And laughing too! The only thing that i am disappointed about is that Wah-Wah is not being shown at every cinema, and only very few. I live in Victoria, Aust. And suggest you check out the capital city of your state to see it. I found it definitely worth while! But what i thought was rather curious was that EVERYONE stayed in there seats until the whole of the credits had been run and the curtains starting to close. There was not particularly anything interesting with the actual credits, but it felt appropriate! Richard E. Grant has been one of my two favorite actors for a long time! And this movie he has written and produced, about his life, just adds to my admiration of him. A job well done indeed, and WELL worth seeing!


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