Awfully Big Adventure

An Awfully Big Adventure

Director: Mike Newell

Cast: Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Georgina Cates

     
 

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A misleading title and a different type of performance from Hugh Grant are two of the offbeat features of An Awfully Big Adventure. Virginal theatre fanatic Stella (Georgina Cates), who speaks with her dead mother by phone, joins a theatrical troupe in 1947 England headed by manipulative director Meredith Potter (Grant). Stella quickly falls for Potter, but he

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A misleading title and a different type of performance from Hugh Grant are two of the offbeat features of An Awfully Big Adventure. Virginal theatre fanatic Stella (Georgina Cates), who speaks with her dead mother by phone, joins a theatrical troupe in 1947 England headed by manipulative director Meredith Potter (Grant). Stella quickly falls for Potter, but he doesn't return her affections, driving her into the arms of the troupe's arrogant star, P.L. O'Hara (Alan Rickman). O'Hara eventually takes Stella's virginity, although she secretly remains devoted to Potter. More secrets of the troupe are revealed at the story's climax, although nothing is really resolved to any of the characters' satisfaction. Not quite a satire and not quite a drama, An Awfully Big Adventure is occasionally mean-spirited and frequently dour, which may just be a result of its subject matter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
An unconventional coming-of-age film, An Awfully Big Adventure takes its name from a line of dialogue in Peter Pan, the play staged by the acting troupe that Stella (Georgina Cates) joins. The production is an apt choice, seeing as the film is filled with characters that have not quite grown up. Stella herself is trying to find her place in the world without the guidance of her mother. Hugh Grant plays way against type as the cruel director of the troupe. His cigarette-stained, yellowed fingers and amoral behavior are attractive to Stella, who is looking for a strong figure to follow. Although Grant is flamboyant and interesting, Alan Rickman is brooding and mysterious as the older actor whom Stella ends up spending most of her time with, although there may be some uncomfortable reasons for their mutual attraction. Little more than a character study of the damaged people who make art because they need to more than because they want to, An Awfully Big Adventure may turn off those who are not willing to spend time with unpleasant people. But those with a taste for the offbeat should enjoy these idiosyncratic characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
UPC:
0794043785825
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Rickman P.L. O'Hara
Hugh Grant Meredith Potter
Georgina Cates Stella
Alun Armstrong Uncle Vernon
Peter Firth Bunny
Prunella Scales Rose
Alan Cox Geoffrey
Carol Drinkwater Dawn Allenby
Gerard McSorley George
Clive Merrison Desmond Fairchild
Nicola Pagett Dotty Blundell
Edward Petherbridge St. Ives
Rita Tushingham Aunt Lily
Ruth McCabe Grace Bird
James Frain John Harbour
Pat Laffan Mr Harcourt
Patti Love Mary Deare
Hilary Reynolds Babs Osbourne
Tom Hickey Freddie Reynalde
Brendan Conroy Disley
Johnny Murphy One Eye
Peter O'Farrell Long John Silver
Agnes Bernelle Mrs Ackerly
Brian McGrath Vicar
Willie Smith Empire Stage Manager
Earl Gill Band
John Drummond Band
Chris Kenevey Band

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Anni Buchanan Makeup
Susie Figgis Casting
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Victor Glynn Co-producer
Jon Gregory Editor
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Hilary Heath Producer
Philip Hinchcliffe Producer
John Kelleher Executive Producer
Martin O'Malley Asst. Director
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
John Sivers Executive Producer
Peter Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Warren Associate Producer
Charles Wood Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Sequence [5:44]
2. Audition [5:00]
3. First Day [5:42]
4. About Hilary [6:25]
5. Burgeoning [6:05]
6. Sugar to Tea [5:58]
7. Stella's Debut [4:13]
8. Silly Girl [6:27]
9. What Are You Miserable About? [4:35]
10. Haven't Changed [4:29]
11. Captain Hook [5:23]
12. Launch of the Ship [8:41]
13. A Ride Home [5:26]
14. I've Got Something to Tell You [4:21]
15. She's Gone [4:40]
16. Made for Each Other [3:55]
17. Football Game [7:07]
18. Jealous of Him [5:47]
19. Accident [9:36]
20. End Credits [2:33]

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