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Wondrous Oblivion [DVD] [2004]

Sam Smith , Leagh Conwell , Paul Morrison    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Smith, Leagh Conwell, Dominic Barklem, Jo Stone-Fewings, Emily Woof
  • Directors: Paul Morrison
  • Writers: Paul Morrison
  • Producers: David Kosse, Jill Tandy, Jonny Persey, Kevin Loader, Lesley Stewart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OHZY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bittersweet coming-of-age drama set in 1960s England. David Wiseman (Sam Smith) is the 11-year-old son of Jewish immigrants, now settled in a working class London suburb. His passion is cricket, a game for which he has all the kit but no skill, making him a laughing stock at school. When a new family moves in next door and sets up a cricket net in the back garden, David's dreams of learning how to play start to become a reality. He spends more and more time with the new neighbours, joining in as the father, Dennis (Delroy Lindo), coaches his daughter Judy (Leonie Elliott). But his new friends are West Indian, and David's initial delight soon turns to bemusement and consternation as he watches them become the victims of bigotry and racial hatred. To complicate matters further, David's mother Ruth (Emily Woof) finds herself becoming attracted to Dennis, leading to a strained relationship with her husband Victor (Stanley Townsend).

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Writer/director Paul Morrison, who directed the cross-cultural period drama Solomon and Gaenor, returns to similar ground, though in a lighter vein, with Wondrous Oblivion. Sam Smith stars as David Wiseman, a Jewish boy living in London in 1960 who dreams of being a world-class athlete. David is totally obsessed with cricket, and loves playing, even though he is one of the worst players at his school. His parents, Ruth (Emily Woof of The Full Monty) and Victor (Stanley Townsend), are struggling with the bigoted residents of their working-class neighborhood, but the neighbors get a bit more friendly to the Wisemans when Dennis (Delroy Lindo), a Jamaican laborer, and his family move in next door. David is shocked and delighted when he realizes that Dennis and his daughter, Judy (Leonie Elliott), are installing a cricket pitch in their backyard. Before long, and against the wishes of his worried parents, David is spending a lot of time next door, becoming very friendly with Judy, and becoming a much better cricket player. Ruth gradually warms to Dennis, but the rest of the neighborhood grows increasingly hostile. Wondrous Oblivion was presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of the 2005 New York Jewish Film Festival. ...Wondrous Oblivion

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket Lovely Cricket 7 Nov 2004
By Harmony
Format:DVD
Picture a young boy,David, from a Jewish immigrant family, who loves cricket. He dresses the part but he can't play it.
Then imagine a Jamaican family moving in next door who (you guessed it) pretty much live for cricket.
This film is an explosive mix of passion both about the sport itself but also about the blossoming of domesticated Ruth Wiseman (David's mother)
( Quote'' Nobody taught me how to be a woman'')
Wondrous Oblivion is also about the power of friendship and depicts David's rite of passage.
The film manages to successfully blend the stark elements of racism of 60's London with the growing bond, that knows no boundaries, that is established between the Wisemans and the Samuels.
For me, the intoxicating music and dance scenes had me spellbound- Rudy, A Message To You, Sugar Dandy and I Want To Be Free to name but a few of the classics featured.
The melodies bonded the film together to make it a moving masterpiece, all credit to Paul Morrison, the director.
By the way, never had I realised just how sensuous mopping a floor up could be (to know what I mean, you will have to see the film.....)
Wondrous Oblivion would suit all ages (you do not even have to remotely like cricket to love this film to bits.)
Just one last point. Why was this film never on general release in the UK? It deserves to take pride of place among the All Time Top Ten Greats.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wondrous Movie 16 Nov 2004
Format:DVD
I had the pleasure to watch this film at a Jewish charity showing, and it took me right back to my own childhood in the early 50s/60s in Hackney. It so accurately records our feelings at the time of misplaced "relief" that sniping black-shirt racism now had a new Black target, and yet as fellow immigrants we still had difficulty in finding common ground.
There was muffled embarrassed laughter in the cinema at the line "I hope they will leave us alone now."
Yet in the movie, as in my own life, sport and especially Cricket become the bond. There are some delightfully touching scenes and wonderful depiction of a young Garfield Sobers and Frank Worrall visiting and inspiring the local black community.
While the recreation of the detail of the period is precise, I am sure my own son who loves cricket will enjoy the film and see his own modern parallels of running off at every opportunity to play cricket with the local Asian community.
Why on earth did this film not go on general release?
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous Oblivion 24 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was totally entranced by this film. I laughed, I got teary and just a little bit humbled by it at times. Why oh why didn't this go on general release? What was the matter with the people who make these decisions? Must have been one of the best films I've seen in three years! The characters are superbly well drawn and the story deftly deals with some serious issues in a way which would capture anybody's imagination. The music was appropriate and integral to the film's overall success.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reality 17 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I saw this on a BA long haul flight; why on earth couldn't Paul Morrison find a distributor for this excellent film - he'd have won any good film festival with it. A touching sensitive film, with excellent and accurate locations and amazing acting. It portrays an era many will recall, and some may wish to forget, but in today's social climate it's as relevant as ever. It was so good I'm buying the DVD, and I don't have a DVD player!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 Jun 2006
By Eye Can
Format:DVD
I have never seen a better sporting film than Wounderous Oblivion.I have found that it touched on a whole range of emotions.We found this film looking for a good cricket themed film, as I love the game. We found the exact match. This underrated gem of a film covers an uNdercurrent of issues as previous reviewers have mentioned. As an eleven year old I was totally absorbed and I recommend this film, even going to buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous movie that does not deserve oblivion 11 Dec 2006
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Films about sport are notoriously hard to pull off .There have been successes but they are rarer than a warm pensioner and the words "Escape To Victory" always seep to the forefront of my mind for some reason . Cricket has never featured highly in cinema though I do remember a superb TV drama called and I'm not kidding here, "Ptang Yang Kipperbang" many years ago.

"Wondrous Oblivion" is a very charming, enjoyable movie that has some cricket in it but that's not really what it is about, though the cricket scenes are very well done. Set in the South London of the 1960,s the film centres on David (Sam Smith), an 11 year old Jewish boy who is obsessed with cricket but can't play for toffee, something I and Geraint Jones are all too familiar with .When a Jamaican family-the Wiseman's- move in next door this provides David's family with two opportunities .Firstly, as immigrants themselves the new lot deflect some of the racism and suspicion away from them, something they feel guilty about but are grateful for none the less. Secondly the Wiseman's father (Delroy Lindo) is a cricket fanatic too , with connections to the West Indian test team and is happy to coach the boy, even going to the lengths of erecting some nets in his back garden.

There are themes of social exclusion/inclusion , friendship , family , growing up, and the unifying power of sport running through the movie and it's all deftly handled by director Paul Morrison .The characters are never portrayed as stereotypes , the acting is first class with Smith and the hugely underrated Lindo most impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good film
Published 3 days ago by paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch
We enjoyed it, could recommend it to a family and we would watch it again.
Good delivery,interesting story in the end.
Published 4 months ago by hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Fabulous. One not to miss. A classic British film. My dad was a huge cricket fan and this took me straight back in time. Delivered quickly over the Christmas period
Published 5 months ago by robert ogden
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned treatment
I'm a cricket fan and films about cricket in our lives are very welcome. It looks back to the 1950s and has a deliberately old fashioned air. Read more
Published 9 months ago by poetseye
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner
Lovely story of how people fear anything or anybody different - Sad and funny. Would recommend this. Definitely a winner.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. J. S. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars As new condition and beautiful fim.
Beautiful film. Wonderful acting and shows how things were.......such bigotry. Things are changing but we still have a long way tlo go.
It isnt really about cricket. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. M. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
This is one of the best movies ever. It's a great story well told.
There are many lessons to be learned from this story.
Published 16 months ago by Poppymouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Film
This is a wonderful film, and deals with rascism in the 1960's. My daughter had seen it at school as a way of teaching the children about rascism. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Cazban
4.0 out of 5 stars Early sixties version of bend it like Beckham
A low key story about the interaction of Jewish refugees with Carribean immigrants, set in the early sixties (slightly dodgy time lines). Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by gerryg
4.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous!
This is a heart-warming, life-affirming film which combines nostalgia, social history,family values and a love of cricket into a fluffy souffle of a movie. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Jane Hill
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