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Taliesin Jones (2000)

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 12 October 2000 (USA)
A lonely boy, from a broken family, becomes inspired by faith healers.

Director:

Martin Duffy

Writers:

Rhidian Brook (novel), Maureen Tilyou
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10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John-Paul Macleod ... Taliesin Jones (as John Paul Macleod)
Jonathan Pryce ... Tal's Dad
Geraldine James ... Tal's Mum
Matthew Rhys ... Jonathan
Robert Pugh ... Handycott
Sophie Sherrington Sophie Sherrington ... Julie Dyer
Mark Bishop Mark Bishop ... Luc Daniels
Griff Rhys Jones ... Principal Caesar
Rhys Tucker Rhys Tucker ... Hooper
Ian Bannen ... Billy Evans
Anwen Williams Anwen Williams ... Mrs. Willis
Morgan Hopkins Morgan Hopkins ... Mrs. Willis's Son
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Woman Reader
Philip Dunbar Philip Dunbar ... Preacher (as Phillip Dunbar)
Boyd Clack ... Toni
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Also known as "Small Miracles", released by Questar, Inc in 2004. This quietly lovely film won Best Film at the Austin and Berlin International Film Festivals, and tells the profoundly moving story of 12-year old Taliesin Jones, who struggles with the chaos of his life, while struggling to come to terms when his mother suddenly leaves the family home. His father has become distant, his brother has become angry and bitter, while Taliesin dives into the world of his imagination looking for solace. After witnessing his piano teacher heal a woman's ailing back with the power of prayer, Taliesen begins a spiritual quest. He forms a secret society at his school, "The Believers". But his attempts to heal a classmate and his teacher's grave illness leave him feeling lost and confused, and test his newfound faith. This film is more than a "coming of age" film - it is the tale of everyone who's ever tried to make sense of things that just can't be made sense of, and the grace that fills our ... Written by Lisa Alekna, M. Ed., LSWA

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Miracles See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,899, 3 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,717, 7 April 2002
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CF1 Cyf,Snake River See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The name of the school, "CWM Derwen Comprehensive" is shown (at around 27 mins) on the gate and can also be seen at 88:27 in the crest on Taliesin's school jumper (pullover sweater). From the Welsh language, "cwm" means "valley" in English and "derwen" means "oak tree". In the United Kingdom, a comprehensive school is a secondary school for children from the age of 11 to at least 16. CWM Derwen Comprehensive could then be translated as Oak Valley Secondary. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, Morgan Hopkins is credited as playing Mr. Willis' son, which may be conceptually true, but which should be Mrs. Willis' son. See more »

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In Memory of Ian Bannnen See more »

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A treasure from Wales...
13 January 2002 | by Tom_NashvilleSee all my reviews

Do you believe in God? This is a question young Taliesin seems to ask a lot. Taliesin Jones is a wonderful film about what it means to have faith, through the experiences of a pre-teenage boy as he struggles to understand the adults and events in his life. Great casting and interesting characters, including the late veteran Scottish actor Ian Bannen as Billy. Beautifully filmed on location in south Wales (I loved Billy's house). Although, sadly, this was Ian Bannen's final film, it was the first film performance for a very talented native Welsh lad, John Paul Macleod, who gives an outstanding portrayal of the main character, Taliesin Jones. This young actor will make you care about Taliesin. There is drama mixed with some light humor and, I'm pleased to say, no major violence. This film, which has a timeless message, is a little different than the usual Hollywood millstream of movies, and pleasantly so. Everyone involved with the making of Taliesin Jones seems to have really put their hearts into it; and they have created a very good film.


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