A lonely boy who lives in his parents' home for the elderly explores his obsession with the afterlife through his friendship with an aging magician.

Director:

John Crowley

Writer:

Peter Harness
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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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Genres:

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

The last movie of Elizabeth Spriggs (Prudence). She died during post-production. 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: [about death] I'm not scared. I just want to know what happens.
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Connections

Features World of Strange Powers (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to the Future
From the Original Motion Picture Back to the Future (1985)
Performed by Alan Silvestri
Composed by Alan Silvestri
Published by Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of USI B Music Publ.
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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Yes--A great actor is there.
11 May 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Small films such as "Is Anybody There?" usually aren't there, at least as far as box office impact. This one may have a chance at some return because of Sir Michael Caine's role as a retirement home denizen in 1980's England. Caine infuses the ex-magician with a bit of movie magic—cynicism baked with pathos and one of the greatest cinema voices ever.

He teaches an equally eccentric 10 year old boy some tricks, and the little one amuses us and Caine with his project to capture the death throes and after activity of dying residents.

That this bleak landscape of death and despair can be lightened by these two interesting characters is a tribute to the magic of a movie actor and movies themselves, small as both may be next to colossal American blockbusters.


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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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