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Awfully Big Adventure (An)

UK, English, 112 mins

  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Writer: Beryl Bainbridge; Charles Wood
  • Producer: Victor Glynn; Conor Harrington

CGiii Comment

With such a stunning cast, and Newell's follow-up to Four Weddings and a Funeral - how can you fail?

Terribly theatrical, very entertaining, awfully camp, wonderfully cynical...don't be duped - this is not a walk in the park.

The secrecies and deceit create a complex story - with harrowing conclusions.

Hats off to Newel for not jumping on the bandwagon of his previous success - it could have been so easy to regurgitate another rom-com...but, instead, a beautifully realised period piece of truth behind the fantasy.

An under-rated gem of a film.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth as she becomes drawn into a web of sexual politics and intrigue.

Cast & Characters

Alan Rickman as P.L. O'Hara;
Hugh Grant as Meredith Potter;
Georgina Cates as Stella;
Alun Armstrong as Uncle Vernon;
Peter Firth as Bunny;
Prunella Scales as Rose;
Rita Tushingham as Aunt Lily;
Alan Cox as Geoffrey;
Edward Petherbridge as St. Ives;
Nicola Pagett as Dotty Blundell;
Carol Drinkwater as Dawn Allenby;
Clive Merrison as Desmond Fairchild;
Gerard McSorley as George;
Ruth McCabe as Grace Bird;
James Frain as John Harbour

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