Wide Awake

Wide Awake

M Night Shyamalan (1998)

PG Certificate


Our Score
M Night Shyamalan made this drama before writing and directing the smash hit The Sixth Sense. It's the story of a Catholic schoolboy (Joseph Cross) who starts to question his faith after his grandfather dies, and devotes a whole school year to reassuring himself that grandad is spending eternity in good hands. With Robert Loggia, Dana Delany, Denis Leary and Rosie O'Donnell among the supporting cast, the film is intriguing enough, but it's a little let down by a sugary script.


A student has trouble fitting in at his new school, made worse by the recent death of his beloved grandfather. He soon turns to the Church for comfort, gaining spiritual advice from a sports-loving nun and finding his first love with a pupil at a Catholic girls' school. Comedy drama, written and directed by M Night Shyamalan, starring Joseph Cross, Denis Leary, Dana Delany, Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Loggia and Julia Stiles.

Cast & Crew

Joshua Beal Joseph Cross
Mr Beal Denis Leary
Mrs Beal Dana Delany
Sister Terry Rosie O'Donnell
Grandpa Beal Robert Loggia
Dave O'Hara Timothy Reifsnyder
Sister Sophia Camryn Manheim
Neena Beal Julia Stiles
Director M Night Shyamalan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: DVD