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Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

PG | | Drama | 15 June 1984 (USA)
His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless,... See full summary »

Director:

Carl Schultz

Writers:

Michael Jenkins (screenplay), Sumner Locke Elliott (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Hughes ... Vanessa
Robyn Nevin ... Lila
Nicholas Gledhill Nicholas Gledhill ... PS
John Hargreaves ... Logan
Geraldine Turner ... Vere
Isabelle Anderson Isabelle Anderson ... Agnes
Peter Whitford ... George
Colleen Clifford ... Ettie
Edward Howell Edward Howell ... Judge
Jacqueline Kott ... Miss Pile
Julie Nihill ... Diana
Michael Long Michael Long ... Mr. Hood
Len London Len London ... Mr. Gentle
Beth Child Beth Child ... Mrs. Grindel
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... The Magician
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Storyline

His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless, absent father, she asserts her rights and convinces Lila to have PS live with her weekdays. PS is happy at Lila's, playing with children, running about, speaking up. At Vanessa's, there's a regimen of private school, round vowels, piano and riding lessons, and lonely indoor play with fancy toys. He's miserable and when he objects, she sues for complete custody. Will anyone listen to him? And will he take on Vanessa's challenges to find out who he is and to love someone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The bitter struggle between two sisters for the love of a little boy who would never really belong to either of them. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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One of three major film and television collaborations of actress Robyn Nevin and director Carl Schultz. The productions are the feature films 'Goodbye Paradise'' (1983) and 'Careful, He Might Hear You' (1983) and two episodes of the television mini-series 'The Dismissal' (1983). See more »

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Featured in Reading Australian Film (1988) See more »

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Great adaptation
23 April 2003 | by audhepSee all my reviews

The film is a superb adaptation of the book. As is true of most adaptations, it doesn't quite live up to the book. Read the book first--and then see the movie. The acting is first-rate. The little boy, Nicholas Gledhill, is amazing. And Wendy Hughes is stunning--what a shame she has never caught on with American audiences in her relatively unproductive American film and television career. The film is another example of the high quality work that comes out of Australia with such frequency.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szeretet hálójában See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,938,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,938,179
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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