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Hollow Reed (1996)

Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Bould ... Oliver Wyatt
... Martyn Wyatt
... Tom Dixon
... Hannah Wyatt
... Frank Donally
Shaheen Khan ... Dr. Razmu
... Jamie's Mother
Tim Crouch ... Site Foreman
Jane Hill ... Record Shop Girl
Glen Hammond ... Unemployed Youth
... Mr. Bugler
... School Nurse
... Dr. Ian Slater
... Martin's Lawyer
... Sgt. Curtis


Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long, however, until Oliver appears at the house of Martin and his new lover Tom claiming to have been beaten up by boys in the park. After another incident, Martin puts two and two together and comes to the conclusion that Frank has been beating Oliver without Hannah's knowledge. Martin then begins a long courtroom custody battle to win back his son. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Another secret from the producers of The Crying Game. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including child abuse, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Believe Me  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$62,818, 4 May 1997
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A crew member can be seen in a mirror in the hallway when Dr. Wyatt goes through the hall, and up the stairs in Ollie's school and the other school boys are coming down the stairs. When the crew member turns his head toward the camera position, you can see he's wearing headphones. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Train in Vain
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Performed by Annie Lennox
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A very moving film
15 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

When I rented this movie with friends, I expected it to be a trite melodrama of the "TV-movie of the week" variety. But it has two things going for it that elevate the film above soap opera.

The first is the performance of young Sam Bould as the abused child. One of the best performances from a young actor I have ever seen, without a trace of cutesiness, mugging, or self-consciousness.

The second is the character of Hannah. Here is a deeply flawed woman who willingly puts her own son through hell, and yet so skillfully written and played by Joely Richardson, I sympathized with her throughout. This is an extraordinary character, and I was really impressed by the way she was handled.

The one major flaw of this film is that the two gay men are wonderful parents, and the straight couple are such awful parents...the film is so pro-gay it verges on being anti-straight. But, as stated above, Joely Richardson's performance keeps you from making any easy judgments about Hannah. She saves the film from treacly melodrama.

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