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The Awakening (2011)

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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

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Nick Murphy

Writers:

Stephen Volk (screenplay), Nick Murphy (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Florence Cathcart
Dominic West ... Robert Mallory
Imelda Staunton ... Maud Hill
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Tom Hill
Shaun Dooley ... Malcolm McNair
Joseph Mawle ... Edward Judd
Diana Kent ... Harriet Cathcart
Richard Durden ... Alexander Cathcart
John Shrapnel ... Reverend Hugh Purslow
Cal MacAninch ... Freddie Strickland
Lucy Cohu ... Constance Strickland
Anastasia Hille ... Dorothy Vandermeer
Andrew Havill ... George Vandermeer
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Vera Flood
Ian Hanmore ... Albert Flood
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In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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All the children are gone... except one.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The painting, of two woman killing a man, that is said to be the boys' favorite is titled "Judith beheading Holofernes" and painted in 1612 by Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652). See more »

Goofs

After finding her cigarette case in the pillow that she's ripped open, Florence goes outside with feathers stuck in her hair. In the next shot, however, the feathers are gone and her hair is clean again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vera Flood: [answering the door] Miss Simpson? Are you prepared?
Florence Cathcart: [yes] I brought this.
[shows photograph of a soldier]
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Crazy Credits

[opening title] Observation: Between 1914 and 1919, war and influenza claimed more than a million lives in Britain alone. Conclusion: This is a time for ghosts. Florence Cathcart "Seeing Through Ghosts" p7 See more »

Connections

Featured in The Big Picture: November 2011 (2011) See more »

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Oh Coccinelle
Written by Nick Murphy
Performed by Nick Murphy
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An elegant, solid but expected ghost story
15 August 2012 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

The Awakening is pretty much what you would expect it to be. It's well made with gorgeous cinematography and strong performances from its cast. And the story if unsurprising is solidly made and well told. The film is directed well and builds a nice amount of suspense throughout. At times its confusing because of the sheer amount of convoluted ideals being thrown around. The story concerns an educated young woman who debunks ghost theories. She is approached by the headmaster of a school to help out with a problem concerning the boys being frightened there. After some convincing she arrives at the location and begins her investigation. Many secrets are discovered and it builds to a somewhat expected finale. For those of you who've seen the brilliant films The Others, The Orphanage and The Devil's Backbone there's not much new here. Still it's competently made and there is a nice slow burn of suspense even culminating in some surprising scares and plot twists. Overall it's a old fashioned classic spook fest with a bit of wit and borrowed imagination from slightly better films. A bonus scene features sexy Dominic West in a solid performance shedding his clothes which is much appreciated but unnecessary like the other "bathtub" scene. And there seems to be niche with that running through the proceedings it's almost as if the people involved with making the film knew they had something that wasn't the most original concept so they threw in unnecessary things to kind of lead you astray it's a little manipulative on their part but keeps you engaged as a viewer and you don't feel too cheated at the films conclusion. Overall it's an elegant, solid but expected ghost story.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berwickshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,933, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$209,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,879,667
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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