Second Best

Overview

Actor William Hurt delivers one of his most acclaimed performances in this drama from Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Chris Menges. Hurt stars as Graham Holt, a repressed Welsh postmaster who lives a reclusive bachelor's existence with his suicidal father Alfred Lynch, who is in failing health and is still grieving from the recent death of Graham's mother. Knowing that he'll soon be alone, Graham applies to adopt a troubled ten-year-old boy, James Chris Cleary Miles, whose own painful history ...
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Overview

Actor William Hurt delivers one of his most acclaimed performances in this drama from Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Chris Menges. Hurt stars as Graham Holt, a repressed Welsh postmaster who lives a reclusive bachelor's existence with his suicidal father Alfred Lynch, who is in failing health and is still grieving from the recent death of Graham's mother. Knowing that he'll soon be alone, Graham applies to adopt a troubled ten-year-old boy, James Chris Cleary Miles, whose own painful history mirrors Graham's. Throughout the long adoption process, supervised by wisecracking social worker Debbie Jane Horrocks, Graham struggles to win James' affection and respect during weekend visits, while the boy dreams of reconciliation with his father, John Keith Allen, who is currently serving prison time. Graham's father dies, drawing Graham and James closer, and Graham begins to feel like a real father to James. But when John is released, he appears in town with the shocking news that he is afflicted with AIDS -- and cannot care for his son.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 883316678312
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,547

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Graham Holt
Chris Cleary Miles James
Keith Allen John
Prunella Scales Margery
Jane Horrocks Debbie
Alan Cumming Bernard
John Hurt Uncle Turpin
Alfred Lynch Edward
James Warrior Senior Social Worker
Paul Wilson Colin, age 20
Ross Edwards Pimple
Doris Hare Mrs Hawkins
Shirley King Enid
Peter Copley Percy
Jodhi May Alice
Technical Credits
Chris Menges Director
George Akers Editor
Simon Boswell Score Composer
David Cook Screenwriter
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Judy Freeman Associate Producer
Peter Glossop Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Howells Production Designer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Sam Riley Set Decoration/Design
Waldo Roeg Art Director, Asst. Director
Ashley Rowe Cinematographer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Roger Thomas Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    RUN TO YOUR NEAREST..........

    video store to get this movie. DO NO RENT IT, BUY IT! Yes this movie is that good. Not to much was said about the movie when it came first came out, but as far as i'm concerned it should have received numerous oscars. The boy in the movie did a fantastic job of acting, and should have receive an oscar. William Hurt also should have received an oscar for his part. If you were ever a BIG BROTHER or a adopted parent, you'll love this movie. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you mad, it will make you happy. All your emotions will be touched watching this one. I'd give it 10 stars but they only will let me go up to 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    Well worth the low price!

    What an awesome, inspiring and thought-provoking movie--the best I've seen this year. It made me sad and made me laugh; it's a very moving story with very good acting, especially from the young boy who portrays the lead character, Jamie. Highly recommended for anyone interested in BL! I give this movie 5 stars all the way!

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