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Wide Awake (1998)

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A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cross ... Joshua Beal
Timothy Reifsnyder ... Dave O'Hara
Dana Delany ... Mrs. Beal
Denis Leary ... Mr. Beal
Robert Loggia ... Grandpa Beal
Rosie O'Donnell ... Sister Terry
Camryn Manheim ... Sister Sophia
Vicki Giunta Vicki Giunta ... Sister Beatrice
Julia Stiles ... Neena Beal
Heather Casler Heather Casler ... Hope
Dan Lauria ... Father Peters
Stefan Niemczyk ... Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza Michael Pacienza ... Freddie Waltman
Michael Shulman ... Robert Brickman
Jaret Ross Barron Jaret Ross Barron ... Dan
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A fifth grader goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Along the way he gets into tons of trouble at Waldron Academy an all-boys school. Also he is aided on his search by a sports-loving nun. Written by Anonymous

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She Had All The Answers... Until Now! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más astuto que nunca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,875, 22 March 1998

Gross USA:

$282,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$282,175
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Due to the heavy-handed post-production influence of Harvey Weinstein, this film appears on a 2017 list in The Telegraph entitled "Harvey Scissorhands: 6 films ruined by Harvey Weinstein." See more »

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Robert Loggia's character is listed as Grandpa Beal, but during the picture the character Joshua A. Beal explains that "Grandpa was my mom's dad" and that would most likely mean that Beal is not Grandpa's last name, since it is his mother's married name. See more »

Quotes

Sister Terry: Joshua, why do you feel the need to do these things?
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References Batman Forever (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

THIS AIN'T A SONG (IT'S A PRAYER)
Performed by John Carbo
Music and Lyrics by John Carbo
Published by Kingmaker Music (BMI)
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An interesting but not all together successful film
7 March 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When his grandfather dies, Joshua is left feeling lost and confused. Full of questions he begins to search for God in order to get answers. Turning to priests as well as other religions, Joshua is frustrated by his lack of progress but soon learns more than he thought on his journey.

Like many of those who have recently seen it, I was drawn to this film by the fact that Shyamalan directed it shortly before hitting big with Sixth Sense. The film isn't like his more recent straight-dramas with a twist, so beware what you expect; this is more a human story and, as such, it isn't totally successful. It delivers most of the story quite well, managing to be quite touching without ever really falling into daytime tv sentimentality, however something was lacking I felt. The overall story is worthy enough but that side of it never really touched me as much as I would have hoped and it could have been made more of - especially as the ending is focused on that aspect in particular. Also I needed more feeling for the relationship between Josh and his grandfather - the flashbacks were OK but didn't do enough to convey the depth of Josh's love nor the sheer loss he must feel.

Like he did in Sixth Sense, Shyamalan gets good performances out of his child actors. All the support kids are good but Cross is particularly strong and he does very well carrying the narrative. He really is the lead role and nobody else really gets close in terms of screen time. Given this fact I was surprised how many other famous faces were in small roles - O'Donnell, Leary, Loggia and Lauria; they are all OK but none really has more than a supporting role.

Overall, this film was nice but not great. The plot is an interesting one but it doesn't manage to satisfactorily conclude on all the mysticism and ideas that it puts forward. It is still quite a nice little story if you just look at it as a sort of coming of age story surrounding Joshua, but really it didn't quite go where I hoped it would.


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