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An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

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Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

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Mike Newell

Writers:

Beryl Bainbridge (novel), Charles Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... P.L. O'Hara
Hugh Grant ... Meredith Potter
Georgina Cates ... Stella
Alun Armstrong ... Uncle Vernon
Peter Firth ... Bunny
Prunella Scales ... Rose
Rita Tushingham ... Aunt Lily
Alan Cox ... Geoffrey
Edward Petherbridge ... St. Ives
Nicola Pagett ... Dotty Blundell
Carol Drinkwater ... Dawn Allenby
Clive Merrison ... Desmond Fairchild
Gerard McSorley ... George
Ruth McCabe ... Grace Bird
James Frain ... John Harbour
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Storyline

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth as she becomes drawn into a web of sexual politics and intrigue. Written by Alex Brewer

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A revealing comedy about what really goes on when the lights go down. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Užasno velika avantura See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,429, 23 July 1995

Gross USA:

$259,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$259,724
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the stage play that the local amateur theatre players were producing a production of was "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie. See more »

Goofs

When O'Hara is running down the wharf in 1947, there is a modern car carrier (ship) in the background. See more »

Quotes

Meredith Potter: [During rehearsal] What do you think the play's about, Stella?
Stella: [pauses] Love.
Meredith Potter: I think it's about Time. I think we're all mourners at a funeral procession and that some of us have simply dropped behind to tie a shoelace. Contact with the beloved is suspended, but the dead are still there, so to those who we think we love, just around a dangerous corner, waiting to be caught up with.
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References Stella Maris (1925) See more »

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unusual theatre drama
15 November 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Young stage-struck Stella (Georgina Cates) has bright dyed red hair and lives with her aunt and uncle (Rita Tushingham and Alun Armstrong, both very good) in run-down Liverpool. She joins a theatre group where she isn't required to do very much and develops a crush on vain director Meredith (Hugh Grant, better than usual) and a half-contempt for the other members of the company (including a wicked parody of the professional ham from Edward Petherbridge). When flamboyant actor PL O'Hara (Alan Rickman, excellent) arrives to play Captain Hook in a new production of Peter Pan, his fate becomes entangled with Stella's in a way neither of them could have predicted. This movie veers from a sharp set of character studies of provincial theatre to a weird and twisted love story with a tragic resolution. Aside from the main story, there are two lovely support roles for Prunella Scales and Peter Firth. The one problem in the cast is Cates, whose background was in TV sitcom and it shows.


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