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Is Anybody There? (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 May 2009 (USA)
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Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten-year-old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. While his mother struggles to keep the family ... See full summary »

Director:

John Crowley

Writer:

Peter Harness
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Milner ... Edward
Anne-Marie Duff ... Mum
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... Clive
Linzey Cocker Linzey Cocker ... Tanya
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Prudence
Leslie Phillips ... Reg
Sylvia Syms ... Lilian
Rosemary Harris ... Elsie
David Morrissey ... Dad
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ... Ena
Peter Vaughan ... Bob
Carl McCrystal ... Undertaker 1
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... Undertaker 2
Michael Caine ... Clarence
Ollie Kaiper-Leach Ollie Kaiper-Leach ... Barry (as Oliver Leach)
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Storyline

Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten-year-old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the on-set of a mid-life crisis, Edward is busy tape-recording the elderly residents to try and discover what happens when they die. Increasingly obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife, Edward's is a rather lonely existence until he meets Clarence, the latest recruit to the home, a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. This movie tells the story of this odd couple, a boy and an old man, facing life together, with Edward learning to live in the moment, and Clarence coming to terms with the past.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Is Anybody There? See more »

Filming Locations:

Hythe, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£123,309 (United Kingdom), 3 May 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,209, 19 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,024,225, 12 July 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After seeing a photo of Lily in Clarence's van, Edward tells Clarence that "She looks like Dame Edna", a reference to Dame Edna Everage, a character created by Barry Humphries. See more »

Goofs

Some think the father's mustache at the party is a continuity error as he shaved it off that morning. However, it is a fancy dress party and the father is clearly wearing a fake mustache to go with his costume. See more »

Quotes

Clarence: I'd like to come back as a badger.
Edward: Why?
Clarence: They're bad-tempered, but they look good - and you can make sporrans out of badgers.
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Connections

Featured in The Many Faces of...: Michael Caine (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Things Can Only Get Better
Performed by Howard Jones
Written by Howard Jones
(c) Howard Jones Music Ltd
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Caine and Milner make it
14 November 2015 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

Tracing a story between an old man and boy should induce narcolepsy. Although Caine takes the plaudits, and he is a good character actor, this works, and can only really succeed with Milner, who is very good. He is angry and confused but once he settles on the friendship with Caine he shifts and the relationship between the two opens out.

It is a bit predictable but it works with the actors, the interchange between them is critical and in this case it does as Caine and Milner react with each other, making it possible for the audience to read their relationship.

The other actors, some respected names, are not used as well as they could have been. There were other stories to tell there and its missed. The parents are fine, seen through the boy's eyes.

The setting and mood is very well evoked: all dusty and damp with the second best of everything.


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