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The Awakening (2011)

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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McNair
Edward Judd
Diana Kent ...
Harriet Cathcart
Alexander Cathcart
Reverend Hugh Purslow
Freddie Strickland
Constance Strickland
Anastasia Hille ...
Dorothy Vandermeer
George Vandermeer
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Vera Flood
Albert Flood


In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All the children are gone... except one.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Buđenje  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Isaac Hempstead Wright (Tom Hill) and Joseph Mawle (Edward Judd, the groundskeeper) also star together in Game of Thrones (2011) as uncle and nephew. Mawle portrayed Benjen Stark, brother of Ned Stark, while Wright portrays Bran Stark, Ned Stark's son. In addition, Ian Hanmore (Albert Flood) portrays Pyat Pree. See more »


When Florence is sitting in the kitchen talking to the boy, the blanket she is wrapped in moves up and down between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Vera Flood: [answering the door] Miss Simpson? Are you prepared?
Florence Cathcart: [yes] I brought this.
[shows photograph of a soldier]
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Crazy Credits

[opening title] Observation: Between 1914 and 1919, war and influenza claimed more than a million lives in Britain alone. Conclusion: This is a time for ghosts. Florence Cathcart "Seeing Through Ghosts" p7 See more »


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Fantastic film to make you squirm whilst you think!!
7 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just saw this at an advance preview and it is fantastic. If you like your a fan of Spanish horror like The Orphanage of Hierro then you will love this.

Delibrately hiding key facts throughout the film to keep you guessing so ignore the reviews here trying to compare this to Paranormal Activity 3. This is a film where you have to use your brain, you have to concentrate and let the film take you on a journey and if you do then you will be justly rewarded with a scary ghost story.

It builds and builds to an excellent ending , you just need a little bit of patience and a little bit of brain power to get you there.

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