- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 11, 2005
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 09/01/1997
"...Heartfelt and sensitive...WIDE AWAKE is a refreshing change of pace..."
Premiere - 04/01/1998
"...[A] funny, poignant coming-of-age story....Shyamalan balances the weight of this philosophical journey by never straying too far from the magic of childhood..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/20/1998
"...WIDE AWAKE is a wonderful family film....Cross is a marvel, a terrific young actor..."
In M. Night Shyamalan's first Hollywood feature, WIDE AWAKE, 10-year-old Joshua (Joseph Cross) embarks on a spiritual quest after his beloved grandfather (Robert Loggia) succumbs to bone marrow cancer. The determined child is resolved to find out--from God or other sources--what happens to the spirits of the dead. Joshua's sports-loving teacher, Sister Terry (Rosie O'Donnell), advises him to approach a cardinal who is coming to visit the nearby girls school. While there, he meets a young girl and falls for her. As the school year progresses, Joshua continues his search for answers and finds them in very unexpected places. Though markedly different from Shyamalan's moody (and more well-known) films, THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE, the movie does involve a search for truth and a meditation on death--themes present in all of his projects.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Rosie O'Donnell (BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, HARRIET THE SPY) stars with Denis Leary (WAG THE DOG, SMALL SOLDIERS) and Dana Delaney (FLY AWAY HOME, TOMBSTONE) in this feel-good comedy about the laughter, excitement, and fun that come with being a kid! Joshua is a thoughtful 10-year-old looking for some simple answers to life's eternal questions. The problem is that no one -- including his concerned parents (Leary, Delaney) and his colorful 5th-grade teacher (O'Donnell) -- seems to be making any sense! Therefore, Joshua makes it his personal mission to unravel the mysteries himself ... and in the process reminds everyone what it's like to wake up to the world for the very first time! With great performances from an incredible cast -- you'll love all the comedy and adventure in this altogether unforgettable motion picture.
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- Theatrical release: March 20, 1998.