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Wide Awake (1998)

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A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cross ... Joshua Beal
Timothy Reifsnyder ... Dave O'Hara
Dana Delany ... Mrs. Beal
Denis Leary ... Mr. Beal
Robert Loggia ... Grandpa Beal
Rosie O'Donnell ... Sister Terry
Camryn Manheim ... Sister Sophia
Vicki Giunta Vicki Giunta ... Sister Beatrice
Julia Stiles ... Neena Beal
Heather Casler Heather Casler ... Hope
Dan Lauria ... Father Peters
Stefan Niemczyk ... Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza Michael Pacienza ... Freddie Waltman
Michael Shulman ... Robert Brickman
Jaret Ross Barron Jaret Ross Barron ... Dan
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A fifth grader goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Along the way he gets into tons of trouble at Waldron Academy an all-boys school. Also he is aided on his search by a sports-loving nun. Written by Anonymous

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She Had All The Answers... Until Now! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más astuto que nunca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,875, 22 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,212, 5 April 1998
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Miramax,Woods Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

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During the girls' ceremony, Hope's rose changes from one more fully open and blush colored, to a more tightly closed, whiter bud. See more »

Quotes

Sister Terry: Every day at sunset you'd bow your head to the east and pray, is that right?
Joshua A. Beal: Uh, I stopped that.
Sister Terry: Okay, well what did you think about when you prayed?
Joshua A. Beal: Nothing mostly. Sometimes, I'd wonder... what made that smell in the carpet?
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JUNE LIGHT
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music Publishing
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In the Beginning...
11 September 2000 | by QuicksandSee all my reviews

This was the first film written and directed by M. Night Shyalaman, who would go on to make a film called "The Sixth Sense" a few years later. They're not exactly the same genre of movie, but they both have a very similar feel to them, in both dialogue and overall tone & pacing.

This movie was a lot of fun to watch, and worth the rent, if you can dig it out of the children's section at your local video store (it's rated PG). Good performances from all, with maybe only 1 or 2 scenes giving themselves away, something "The Sixth Sense" wasn't guilty of at all.

That said, it's worth something as a milestone, as well... compare the early works of David Fincher or even Ron Howard, and notice how they got better as they went along, making more movies. This movie is a solid B+, with The Sixth Sense being the obvious A. We can only guess what "Unbreakable" may hold for us.

Great actors and writing in this one, regardless. It is very much the story of young Josh and his search for God, and is not at all a Rosie O'Donnell movie as you may have been led to believe. Well worth watching. Denis Leary never looked so nerdy.


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