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Wide Awake (1998)

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

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Joshua Beal
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Dave O'Hara
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Mrs. Beal
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Mr. Beal
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Grandpa Beal
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Sister Terry
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Vicki Giunta ...
Sister Beatrice
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Neena Beal
Heather Casler ...
Hope
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Father Peters
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Frank Benton
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Freddie Waltman
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Robert Brickman
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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First kisses. Outrageous pranks. A teacher with a killer fastball. To survive this year, Joshua Beal will have to stay... See more »

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

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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más astuto que nunca  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,875 (USA) (22 March 1998)

Gross:

$258,212 (USA) (5 April 1998)
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Trivia

Although released in 1998, the film was actually produced in 1995. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Sister Terry: Joshua, why do you feel the need to do these things?
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JUNE LIGHT
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music Publishing
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A Movie Worth Seeing
29 March 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I came upon this movie purely by accident when it was being shown on cable, and found myself riveted to my seat, not wanting to miss a minute of it. The performance by Joseph Cross was captivating, but what was even more compelling was the story itself. I was constantly trying to figure out how it was going to end.

The ending turned out to be a real surprise, but I was also impressed by the portrayal of boyhood that the audience receives in the process of getting there. It was so true to life that I found myself wondering how much of it was based on the film writer's own experiences. Above all, I was impressed by the amount of respect the movie seems to have for boys, and by its willingness to recognize that 5th graders sometimes think deep thoughts and ask deep questions.


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