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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joshua Beal
... Dave O'Hara
... Mrs. Beal
... Mr. Beal
... Grandpa Beal
... Sister Terry
... Sister Sophia
Vicki Giunta ... Sister Beatrice
... Neena Beal
Heather Casler ... Hope
... Father Peters
... Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza ... Freddie Waltman
... Robert Brickman
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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Meeting your best friend. Finding your favorite teacher. Having your first crush. Remember what it felt like to be... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más astuto que nunca  »

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$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Robert Loggia's character is listed as Grandpa Beal, but during the picture the character Joshua A. Beal explains that "Grandpa was my mom's dad" and that would most likely mean that Beal is not Grandpa's last name, since it is his mother's married name. See more »

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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 »

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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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Not just another coming of age film
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I caught this unique, heartwarming film on cable in one of those "there is nothing on television" moments. I did not expect to fall in love with this beautiful story of a young boy in search of God. It deals with themes such as family, faith, and acceptance. What started out as a "kid" movie ended up in being a movie for people of all ages. It even made me kind of like Denis Leary. Look for a good performance by Robbert Loggia as the grandfather. If you've ever had or wished for a special relationship with a grandparent, watch this movie. You'll laugh, cry, and it might make a believer out of you.


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