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Wah-Wah (2005)

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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Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ...
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Regina
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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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Every family has its own language.

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

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2 June 2006 (UK)  »

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A Conquista da Liberdade  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,304 (USA) (12 May 2006)

Gross:

$233,103 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, Meg Ryan and Emmanuelle Béart all turned down roles. See more »

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The movie supposedly starts in 1969 with the date appearing on the screen. Yet Swaziland received independence on 6 September 1968. See more »

Quotes

Harry Compton: I suppose you think this is all so bloody easy. Well, wake up. Just you wait until you lose everything. And I mean everything. Wife, position, future. The whole damn kit and caboodle. Come independence, we're all on the scrapheap. So wake up.
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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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so beautiful
4 May 2006 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

i saw this tonight at the tribeca film festival. a truly rewarding exploration of the director's childhood, with honest yet loving depictions of his parents. grant has avoided the expected African clichés — safaris, tribal dances, national geographic wonders — and has chosen instead a very personal viewpoint of colonial Africa. that originality is part of the film's beauty. the other ingredients: strong characters, in the hands of byrne and watson especially, that are humane and varied. the plot is dramatic, yet i left the theater envigorated and full of joy. my love to all the crew and cast — it was a gift to see this.


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