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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... P.L. O'Hara
... Meredith Potter
... Stella
... Uncle Vernon
... Bunny
... Rose
... Aunt Lily
... Geoffrey
... St. Ives
... Dotty Blundell
... Dawn Allenby
... Desmond Fairchild
... George
... Grace Bird
... John Harbour
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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 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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21 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventure en coulisses  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$258,195
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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 »

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

Quotes

Rose: You can't do anything I don't hear about, not on that motorbike.
[a beat]
Rose: You won't find her. Not now.
P.L. O'Hara: I might. And I might find him.
Rose: How will you know?
P.L. O'Hara: I'll know. Little chap, stands like me.
Rose: How's that?
P.L. O'Hara: Heroical, twice nightly.
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Depressing Themes Overcome by Great Storytelling
8 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

"An Awfully Big Adventure" is a story of a naive 16 year old girl, wonderfully played by Georgiana Cates, and her interaction with the members of a bottom-of-the-line stock company in 1947 Liverpool. The Liverpool actors are lead by an incredibly nasty, chain-smoking homosexual director, played by Hugh Grant in what may have been the best performance of his career. Their star, "Perhaps the best Captain Hook ever," is played by Alan Rickman in yet another stellar performance. This is a consistently entertaining but very, very cynical coming of age story. Thus, it may not be for all tastes. Nevertheless, I recommended it highly, 8 out of 10.


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