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Taliesin Jones (2000)

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (original title)
A lonely boy, from a broken family, becomes inspired by faith healers.


Martin Duffy


Rhidian Brook (novel), Maureen Tilyou

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10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

12 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Miracles See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,899, 3 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,717, 7 April 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CF1 Cyf,Snake River See more »
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Did You Know?


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 »


Taliesin's mother winds the grandfather clock (at around 54 mins) putting the key into the left sprocket. At 83:45, Taliesin's father winds the grandfather clock, putting the key into the right sprocket. Typically, one sprocket winds the time mechanism and the other winds the chiming mechanism. See more »

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In Memory of Ian Bannnen See more »

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a simple pleasure
16 January 2003 | by saria_ruthSee all my reviews

This film is a little gem in British film-making. It is beautifully shot in south Wales, with a gorgeous score, and top performances, particularly Ian Bannen as the gifted healer who befriends John-Paul Macleod. What I liked about it though, was that some of the characters are allowed to pursue their spiritual sides - in the old-fashioned Christian sense of the word spiritual, without any sense of mocking from the film-makers. That's rare. Christian attitudes tend to be looked down on in todays movies.

But even if you really don't care for that aspect of the story, it's well worth watching for all the reasons I mentioned above. All the actors are brilliant, and the film kind of reels you in to make you watch it - I was just flicking through the channels, and there it was, and I really couldn't stop watching it! So I missed the first five minutes...!

Watch it if you are interested in quality films that make you think, and care about the characters, and leave you feeling nice and warm, rather than cold.

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