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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

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Richard E. Grant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Harry Compton
Emily Watson ... Ruby Compton
Julie Walters ... Gwen Traherne
Nicholas Hoult ... Ralph Compton - 14 years
Miranda Richardson ... Lauren Compton
Zac Fox ... Ralph Compton - 11 years old
Celia Imrie ... Lady Riva Hardwick
Julian Wadham ... Charles Bingham
Fenella Woolgar ... June Broughton
John Matshikiza ... Dr. Zim Mzimba
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Vernon
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya Mathokoza Sibiya ... Dozen
Sindisiswe Nxumalo Sindisiswe Nxumalo ... Regina
Michael Richard Michael Richard ... Tobias
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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. It is written and directed by Richard E Grant, and based on true events from Richard E Grant's childhood. Written by Anonymous

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Every family has its own language.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK | France | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista da Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

Swaziland

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,304, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$234,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,846,148
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, Meg Ryan and Emmanuelle Béart all turned down roles. See more »

Goofs

When Ralph comforts Ruby at the hospital, her dress starts slipping from her right shoulder. When the camera takes a close shot, the dress is up to her neck. See more »

Quotes

Harry Compton: I suppose you think this is all so bloody easy. Well, wake up. Just you wait until you lose everything. And I mean everything. Wife, position, future. The whole damn kit and caboodle. Come independence, we're all on the scrapheap. So wake up.
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Okay Toots
Written by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn
Performed by Harry Roy and his Orchestra
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a moving and delightful piece of work
23 May 2006 | by bshymanSee all my reviews

Forget the sniping review on this site. This is a labour of love and is the true story of a young boy growing up in end-of-the-colonial-era Swaziland. His loving but alcoholic father, his faithless mother and the various other upper crust Brits are bang on the button. The film was made in a very short time, came in under budget and gives us some delightful performances. Both the boys, Zac Fox and Nick Holt, are excellent. Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Celia Imrie and National Treasure Julie Walters are great. The story is told economically in just 90 or so minutes. The scenery is beautiful. What a pleasant change from over praised short-arse Hollywood 'icons' running away from explosions. Forget MI3.Go see this. Then read Richard's book 'The Wah-wah diaries.'


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