Wide Awake (1998 film)

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Wide Awake
Wideawakeposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by Cathy Konrad
Cary Woods
Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Denis Leary
Dana Delany
Joseph Cross
Rosie O'Donnell
Music by Edmund Choi
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Andrew Mondshein
Production
company
Woods Entertainment
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • March 20, 1998 (1998-03-20)
Running time 88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million[1]
Box office $282,175[1]

Wide Awake is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by Cathy Konrad and Cary Woods. The film stars Denis Leary, Dana Delany, Joseph Cross and Rosie O'Donnell. Wide Awake also features Julia Stiles in one of her earliest roles as the main character's teenage sister, Neena.

Although it was made in 1995, the film was not released until 1998. The script was written in 1991. It was nominated for "Best Family Feature — Drama" and "Best Performance in a Feature Film — Leading Young Actor" at the 1999 Young Artist Awards. Shyamalan has described Wide Awake as a comedy that he hoped would also make people cry.

Plot[edit]

During his year in the fifth grade, ten-year-old Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross) begins a personal search to find answers about life and death — a journey triggered by the passing of his beloved grandfather (Robert Loggia).[2]

Josh attends Waldron Mercy Academy, a private Catholic boys' school (in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia suburb, where Shyamalan attended and where much of the movie is filmed). The adults in his world have not been able to convince him that his grandfather is in good hands, so he sets out on a personal mission to find God. In their varying ways he is guided on his metaphorical journey by his best friend Dave (Timothy Reifsnyder) and a baseball-loving nun (Rosie O'Donnell) who teaches at his school.

Josh shows doubts about his religion as he questions if God truly exists, particularly when Dave is diagnosed with epilepsy and the moments as Josh experiences his first crush. As his academic year comes to an end, he finds his answer in an unexpected way.[3]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Wide Awake received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 40% based on reviews from 30 critics and reports a rating average of 4.8 out of 10.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wide Awake (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  2. ^ Wide Awake Yahoo! Movies.
  3. ^ Overview The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Wide Awake". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 

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