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Is Anybody There? (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 May 2009 (USA)
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Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten-year-old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. While his mother struggles to keep the family ... See full summary »

Director:

John Crowley

Writer:

Peter Harness
2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Milner ... Edward
Anne-Marie Duff ... Mum
Ralph Riach ... Clive
Linzey Cocker ... Tanya
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Prudence
Leslie Phillips ... Reg
Sylvia Syms ... Lilian
Rosemary Harris ... Elsie
David Morrissey ... Dad
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ... Ena
Peter Vaughan ... Bob
Carl McCrystal ... Undertaker 1
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... Undertaker 2
Michael Caine ... Clarence
Ollie Kaiper-Leach Ollie Kaiper-Leach ... Barry (as Oliver Leach)
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Storyline

Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten-year-old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the on-set of a mid-life crisis, Edward is busy tape-recording the elderly residents to try and discover what happens when they die. Increasingly obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife, Edward's is a rather lonely existence until he meets Clarence, the latest recruit to the home, a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. This movie tells the story of this odd couple, a boy and an old man, facing life together, with Edward learning to live in the moment, and Clarence coming to terms with the past.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Leslie Phillips spoke out against this movie after it was released, as he said it had been completely changed, from the story he and the other elderly actors were making, about an old people's home, in order to concentrate on the relationship between Sir Michael Caine and the boy. See more »

Goofs

Some think the father's mustache at the party is a continuity error as he shaved it off that morning. However, it is a fancy dress party and the father is clearly wearing a fake mustache to go with his costume. See more »

Quotes

Edward: [whining] I used to have a room with Paddington Bear wallpaper.
Clarence: Yeah, well I used to have a beautiful wife and all my own teeth. Your life changes, master, and not always for the best. Your life accumulates regrets and they stick to you like old bruises.
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Connections

Featured in Loose Women: Episode #13.161 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Written by Manning Sherwin / Eric Maschwitz
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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User Reviews

A young lad fascinated by death befriends a retired magician.
8 September 2008 | by nicolepacamparaSee all my reviews

Brilliant. I loved every minute of it.

The movie had the perfect mix of comedy and drama. It's a joy to watch Bill Milner (of Son of Rambow fame) go toe to toe with Michael Caine.

It was interesting to hear from the director how the movie originally had political undertones. As I recall from the Q&A at the TIFF screenings, the director said that the movie was set in the late 80s partly because of Margaret Thatcher - who declared that "There's no such thing as society... only individuals and families."

I'm glad they decided to skip the politics altogether though. It would have taken away from such a simple story that in itself is just beautiful one to watch.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Is Anybody There? See more »

Filming Locations:

Hythe, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,209, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$2,026,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,368,300
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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