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 »

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Beryl Bainbridge (novel), Charles Wood
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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In a world of make believe Stella is about to discover the difference between true love... and real life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The picture was "filmed on location in Dublin, Ireland" according to the movie's closing credits. See more »

Goofs

Stella's coat as her uncle leaves the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Dotty Blundell: What about Desmond Fairchild? What's your estimation of him?
Stella: He's a cunt.
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Featured in Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen (2019) See more »

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unique
28 September 2002 | by Vampyr_GirlSee all my reviews

I liked the film and, though I'm sure there were countless other ways that they could've still retained its twisted plot in a more concise way, I enjoyed the uniqueness of its story. It was certainly a sad story and it did catch me by surprise. Alan Rickman was terrific, but I wish I could've seen more of his character because for the amount of time he's in the film it simply wasn't enough, especially since he appeared to be a main character. However, it was entertaining and I really liked it and its originality.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Awfully Big Adventure 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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