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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Meeting your best friend. Finding your favorite teacher. Having your first crush. Remember what it felt like to be... 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The extras in the race scene of the film were students and their families of the schools where the movie was shot. See more »

Goofs

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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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by The Winebottles
Written by Doug Murray
Produced by The Gods Publishing/Doug Murray
Courtesy of Red Garage Records
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A Movie Worth Seeing
29 March 2000 | by fambrightSee all my reviews

I came upon this movie purely by accident when it was being shown on cable, and found myself riveted to my seat, not wanting to miss a minute of it. The performance by Joseph Cross was captivating, but what was even more compelling was the story itself. I was constantly trying to figure out how it was going to end.

The ending turned out to be a real surprise, but I was also impressed by the portrayal of boyhood that the audience receives in the process of getting there. It was so true to life that I found myself wondering how much of it was based on the film writer's own experiences. Above all, I was impressed by the amount of respect the movie seems to have for boys, and by its willingness to recognize that 5th graders sometimes think deep thoughts and ask deep questions.


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