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Wondrous Oblivion

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Paul Morrison
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy drama starring Sam Smith, Delroy Lindo and Emily Woof. Suburban London in the 1960s: a young Jewish boy's love of cricket helps break down his family's prejudice against their new Jamaican neighbours.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Until Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India, successful cricket movies were as rare as England victories once were over the West Indies. But this rite-of-passage tale has more in common with The Final Test or P'Tang, Yang, Kipperbang than the Oscar-nominated Bollywood blockbuster. The problem is that writer/director Paul Morrison can't decide whether to focus on 11-year-old Sam Smith's desire to silence bullying schoolboys by improving his batting skills or on his Jewish mother Emily Woof's crush on Caribbean neighbour Delroy Lindo. Moreover, instead of tackling racial prejudice in suburban London in the early 1960s, Morrison opts for a cosy feel-good approach that neither charms nor convinces.

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Credits

Cast

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Dennis SamuelsDelroy Lindo
Ruth WisemanEmily Woof
Victor WisemanStanley Townsend
Grace SamuelsAngela Wynter
Judy SamuelsLeonie Elliott
David WisemanSam Smith
Dorothy SamuelsNaomi Simpson
Mr PughJo Stone-Fewings
Garry SobersGary McDonald

Crew

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DirectorPaul Morrison

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2004-04-23
Languages
English | Yiddish | Hebrew
Guidance
Edited for language
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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