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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 more »

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P.L. O'Hara
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Meredith Potter
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Stella
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Uncle Vernon
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Bunny
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Rose
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Aunt Lily
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Geoffrey
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St. Ives
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Dotty Blundell
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Dawn Allenby
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Desmond Fairchild
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George
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Grace Bird
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John Harbour
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Mr. Harcourt
Patti Love ...
Mary Deare
Hilary Reynolds ...
Babs Osbourne
Tom Hickey ...
Freddie Reynalde
Robbie Doolin ...
Reporter
Brendan Conroy ...
Disley
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One Eye
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Long John Silver
Agnes Bernelle ...
Mrs. Ackerly
Larry Murphy ...
Inspector
Vicky Curtis ...
Ellen
Brian McGrath ...
Vicar
Padraig O'Raghallaigh ...
GPO clerk
Nick Grennell ...
Actor
Willie Smith ...
Empire stage manager
Katy O'Donnell ...
Young Stella
Kate O'Malley ...
Baby Stella
Earl Gill ...
Band
John Drummond ...
Band
Chris Kenevey ...
Band
Jack Bayle ...
Band
Rolf Kholman ...
Band
Horace Hessey ...
Singer
Betty Casey ...
Singer
Paddy Casey ...
Pianist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Burns ...
Rep Actor - Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Rep Actor - Stage Manager (uncredited)
Sean O'Donovan ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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(uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Newell

Written by

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Beryl Bainbridge ... (novel)
 
Charles Wood ... ()

Produced by

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Victor Glynn ... co-producer
Conor Harrington ... co-producer
Hilary Heath ... producer
Philip Hinchcliffe ... producer
John Kelleher ... executive producer
Steve Matthews ... script producer
Mark Shivas ... executive producer
John Sivers ... executive producer
Andrew Warren ... associate producer

Music by

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Richard Hartley

Cinematography by

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Dick Pope

Film Editing by

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Jon Gregory

Editorial Department

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Valentina Giambanco ... second assistant editor
Mick Mahon ... editor trainee
Clive Noakes ... color supervisor
Ian Seymour ... first assistant editor
Ben Yeates ... second assistant editor (as Ben Yates)
Tom Mayclim ... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Vaughn Mullady ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Susie Figgis

Production Design by

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Mark Geraghty

Art Direction by

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David Wilson ... (as Dave Wilson)

Costume Design by

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Joan Bergin

Makeup Department

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Ann Buchanan ... hair designer / make up designer
Francesca Crowder ... hair stylist
Stephanie O'Rourke ... assistant hair stylist

Production Management

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George Adams ... executive production manager
John McDonnell ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Noel Byrne ... third assistant director
Jim Gorman ... assistant director
Martin O'Malley ... assistant director
Mickey Walsh ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Tommy Bassett ... construction manager
Triona Coen ... stand-by props
Clodagh Conroy ... art department stand-by
Eddie Cunningham ... carpenter
John Lamon ... standby carpenter
Owen Monaghan ... dressing props
Paddy Murray ... stand-by props
Tony Nicholson ... dressing props
Eamonn O'Higgins ... property master
Alan Scott ... painter
Jeanne Vertigan ... production buyer

Sound Department

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Philip Alton ... foley editor
Sue Baker ... sound editor
Brian Blamey ... dialogue editor
Mick Boggis ... dubbing assistant
Stephen Farrell ... sound trainee
Derek Holding ... dialogue editor
Tim Lewiston ... assistant dialogue editor
Derek Lomas ... assistant sound editor
Peter Maxwell ... re-recording mixer
John Salter ... boom operator
Peter Sutton ... sound mixer
Steve Hancock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Maurice Foley ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Martin Grace ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ciarán Barry ... clapper loader
Alan Butler ... focus puller
Kenny Byrne ... second focus puller
Tom Collins ... still photographer
John Conroy ... assistant camera / clapper loader
Seamus Corcoran ... additional camera operator
Sean Corcoran ... camera operator: second unit
Con Dempsey ... gaffer
Kieran Dempsey ... best boy
Terry Eiffe ... electrician
Philip Fitzsimons ... electrician
Jonathan Hession ... still photographer
Philip Murphy ... grip
Jimmy O'Meara ... rigger
Tony Rowland ... key grip
Des Whelan ... camera operator: "a" camera

Casting Department

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Romany Turner ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh ... assistant costume designer
Gabriel O'Brien ... wardrobe trainee
Maeve Paterson ... costume supervisor
Ann Stokes ... wardrobe assistant
Fiona Whelan ... costumes

Location Management

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Dougal Cousins ... location manager
Janette Hamill ... location coordinator
Andrew Hegarty ... location assistant
Suzanne Nicell ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Phil Chapman ... music mixer
Allan Jenkins ... score assistant engineer

Transportation Department

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Arthur Dunne ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Chris Allies ... title designer
Daisy Cummins ... extras coordinator
Toby Hefferman ... production assistant
Barbara Holloway ... publicist
Gerry Lundberg ... unit publicist
John McKenna ... chief armorer
Johnny Mulligan ... assistant accountant (as John Mulligan)
Andrew Noakes ... production accountant
Sinead O'Brien ... production runner
Anneliese O'Callaghan ... production coordinator
Lisa Parker ... assistant production coordinator
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines In love, as in life, destiny is always waiting in the wings. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Eine sachliche Romanze (Germany)
  • Una insólita aventura (Spain)
  • Una insòlita aventura (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Užasno velika avantura (Serbia)
  • Aventure en coulisses (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Alan Rickman was reportedly upset to find out that Georgina Cates had lied about her age (she was in her early 20's but stated she was only, indeed, 16) in order to land the role of Stella. He had gone out of his way to be extremely gentle around her during their intimate scenes because of her perceived age. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Clueless/An Awfully Big Adventure/Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home/Living in Oblivion/Bandit Queen (1995). See more »
Quotes P.L. O'Hara: Don't you love me just a bit?
Stella: No, I love another.
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