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Wide Awake [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joseph Cross , Timothy Reifsnyder , M. Night Shyamalan    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder, Dana Delany, Denis Leary, Robert Loggia
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad, Harvey Weinstein, James Bigwood
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067BC18
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I'm Wide Awake now' 15 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
Wide Awake is a heart-warming story with balanced moments of humour and sentiment.

The music in the film also reflects the two differing moments very well, most importantly fitting perfectly with M. Night Shyamalan's type of storytelling and directing, Edmund Choi does almost as good a job as James Newton Howard has with Night's latest films.

The movie that M. Night Shyamalan made after this was 'The Sixth Sense' and you can see some resemblance between these two films because of the theme of death and afterlife -but dealt with in completely opposite ways.

What Night normally does in his films is disguise the real deep human story with a supernatural event or myth - 'The Village' being the most evident of this.

Instead this film does not go by those rules and the human story is dealt with at face value, although it does turn quite spiritual towards the end.

In conclusion, Wide Awake is another M. Night Shyamalan classic on a simpler scale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have the tissues ready..... 1 Aug 2010
By Katie
Format:DVD
I love this film. It is so sweet and touching. I have watched it many times and the scenes that show Joshua with his grandfather have me in tears every time. A beautiful family film that I thoroughly recommend.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film I've ever seen! 3 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Wonderful, magical heart-warming story that could cause even a big man to cry! (more than once)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFICULT QUESTIONS, SIMPLE ANSWERS: ENCHANTING FILM 4 July 2004
By Shashank Tripathi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
You know when you catch a late night movie on a film channel and it hooks you on, then you keep watching it, laugh, cry and just purely enjoy it and feel good that you flicked on the channel at the right time? This is one of those movies.
I am not sure why some reviewers lament that it's a pretentious theme. Sure, it's not anything that'd be seen rocking boxoffice records or winning grand prizes, it even has some necessary contrivances. But it moved me, impelled me to think, and impressed me with a number of brilliant moments that are sensitive and engaging without becoming cloying.
Shyamalan is now a familiar name, so I approached his debut effort with high expectations, and while it could be sappy in bits for some people, I'm guilty of having clung on until the very last shot. The writing is taut and the production values are all-round immaculate. I was not disappointed one bit!
If you have kids, this is a fantastic movie to watch because of the sweet yet universal messages it couches. Plus, the kids in the movie are not freckled 10-year old brats, they have thoughts deeper than what you and I give them credit for.
The script is by no stretch of imagination an overly ambitious one, but I highly recommend this underrated gem for its thoughtful dialogue and crisp direction.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect performance by ten year old Joseph Cross 25 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have seen many movies but none like this one. Wide Awake presents you with a slice of someones life so realistic and true. It tells of the innocence of a ten year old boy trying to come to terms with the death of his beloved grandfather. He even tries to find God to make sure his grandfather is alright. The show has the right combination of laughter and tears and the ability to warm your heart and remind you of your own childhood. Joseph Cross is very impressive and carries his character extremely well. Do yourself a favour, watch this movie and you will 'see' with your heart. The cast of this movie simply compliment each other by potraying a flawless picture of the life around Joshua A. Beal (Joseph Cross) A word of caution, watch this movie once and you'll watch it again and again!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little movie with so much to say... 30 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this film in the theatre when it was released and immediately urged friends and family to see it as well. It was one of those films that you can't stop thinking of for days. The cast was incomparable and the story line so touching. Anyone who can remember back to our innocent ideas of life when we are young will relate to this movie. But especially those who have dealt with such a loss, searched for answers and found the disapointment of what doesn't make sense at the moment but eventually leads to a greater realization at the end. An excellent film, for any age at any time.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming and Awakening! 29 Jan 2003
By Andrew Blackwell - Published on Amazon.com
It is a surprise to me that young Joseph Cross has not gone on to greater things as a hollywood actor. In this film he once again puts the adults to shame with his natural acting skills as he did in the film Jack Frost (1998). But now Joseph is getting back into acting in the American TV show "The O'keefes" in 2002/2003 and I hope that he may do another movie as an eigteen year old to see how his acting skills hav developed since he was ten years old. The film looks at the transaction from boy to man or girl to woman and how hard it is for kids to make that move. With issues such as death and the dissapearence of that "magic" as Josephs character Joshua describes it during the movie. From a world of creativity and unrestricted boudaries to just seeing the plastic and paint in a toy car. Th film also raises the issue of how we should allow children to handle the death of a loved one as Joshua has to manage when his grandpa dies of bone marrow cancer. It is shown that we shouldn't hide the facts of death from our childrebut discuss it openly and allow them to say their final goodbyes by allowing them t attend the funeral insead of keeping them away as I personally was as a child. In all this is a great movie with realism, humour and overall brilliant acting. Strongly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise 30 April 1999
By orensteh@leav-emh1.army.mil - Published on Amazon.com
The label "family film" sends most people running in all directions, except towards the box office. This seems to be the unfortunate and undeserved fate of Wide Awake, a small gem. This is a true "family film" in that it is not just a substitute babysitter for a couple of hours, during which the parents can doze off. It's a film that a parent will enjoy discussing with his/her children, because it raises some very important issues -- dealing with the death of a loved one, faith, the search for God -- but does so from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy. The film is remarkable on several counts, perhaps the most important of which is the fact that the screeenplay never condescends to its young hero. Joshua is dealing with problems that are very real to him, and the film refuses to make light of them, simply because he is only ten. Another very nice touch is the avoidance of portraying the adults as black-and-white caracatures. And the nuns and priest at Josh's Catholic school are not the dogmatic cardboard characters one often sees in films. Both Rosie O' Donnell's nun and Dan Luria's priest are aware that there are no simple answers for the issues which are troubling Josh; as adults they know that one must move on after the death of a loved one, but they are also aware that this is not so easy for a young boy or girl. The film contains a number of wonderful moments involving Josh, his friends, and his schoolmates. One of the most moving is when Josh is called before the class to recap what he has learned during the year. It is during this speech that we learn where the title, "Wide Awake", comes from: it describes that bittersweet transition from innocence to the road to maturity.
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