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Wonderland (1999)

R | | Drama | 14 January 2000 (UK)
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There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

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Laurence Coriat
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Henderson ... Debbie
Gina McKee ... Nadia
Molly Parker ... Molly
Ian Hart ... Dan
John Simm ... Eddie
Stuart Townsend ... Tim
Kika Markham ... Eileen
Jack Shepherd ... Bill
Enzo Cilenti ... Darren
Sarah-Jane Potts ... Melanie
David Fahm David Fahm ... Franklyn
Ellen Thomas ... Donna
Peter Marfleet Peter Marfleet ... Jack
Nathan Constance Nathan Constance ... Alex
Anton Saunders ... Danny
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There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair salon after hours; her son spends part of the weekend with her ex, a man with a hair-trigger temper. Molly is expecting her first baby and the child's father acts as if the responsibility is too much for him. Eileen is bitter, complaining about her husband and the dog next door; Bill's a doormat. His West Indian neighbor offers him a drink; her own grown son locks himself in his room most of the time. Will anyone connect during this Guy Fawkes weekend? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everybody's looking for something.

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Drama

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodaország See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,947, 30 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$413,595, 15 October 2000
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The scenes where Dan takes his son to a football match were filmed at Selhurst Park, the ground of Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City on 6 February 1999. See more »

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Walking in Winterbottom's Wonderland
11 August 2006 | by Keyser-StantonSee all my reviews

This movie has only just come out on DVD in Britain, that is a shamefully long time for a film to reach the country it was made in. But now it is here, and possibly finding a new audience, I thought I'd write a quick review. If you have read some of the other reviews, you will no doubt be aware of the 'kitchen sink' factor in this film. Well, I'm not going to deny that, the subject matter would not look out of place in a soap opera. . . .however it is the performances, the script and the fantastic style of this movie which pulls it out of the mundane and into the cinematic. Michael Winterbottom is clearly a director who like several of his British contemporaries such as Mike Leigh and Shane Meadows, believes that the drama around us in everyday life is worthy of the big screen. The film has a fine ensemble of characters, three very different sisters, their estranged brother and squabbling parents. The performances are brave and heartfelt in all cases, and even though the drama takes place over one weekend, the characters really do evolve. The most enticing thing about the film is the way it is shot and scored. Sean Bobbitt's time lapse photography and dogma style 16mm cinematography combined with Michael Nyman's emotive music is a really fantastic combination. This film shows London how the people who live there see it, namely from the ground. Nearly every film set in London now seems to have to include the Gherkin, the Tate modern and the Millennium wheel, what Winterbottom presents us with is something simultaneously far less and far more remarkable.


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