GenreComedy, Drama, Family Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 20, 1998 (1998-03-20) ProducersBob Weinstein, Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods CastDenis Leary (Mr. Beal), Joseph Cross (Joshua Beal), Rosie O'Donnell (Sister Terry), Dana Delany (Mrs. Beal), Timothy Reifsnyder (Dave O'Hara), Camryn Manheim (Sister Sophia) Similar moviesRelated M Night Shyamalan movies
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Wide Awake is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by Cathy Konrad and Cary Woods. The film stars Denis Leary, Dana Delany, Joseph Cross and Rosie O'Donnell. Wide Awake also features Julia Stiles in one of her earliest roles as the main character's teenage sister, Neena.
Although it was made in 1995, the film was not released until 1998. The script was written in 1991. It was nominated for "Best Family Feature — Drama" and "Best Performance in a Feature Film — Leading Young Actor" at the 1999 Young Artist Awards. Shyamalan has described Wide Awake as a comedy that he hoped would also make people cry.
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During his year in the fifth grade, ten-year-old Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross) begins a personal search to find answers about life and death — a journey triggered by the passing of his beloved grandfather (Robert Loggia).
Josh attends Waldron Mercy Academy, a private Catholic boys' school. The adults in his world have not been able to convince him that his grandfather is in good hands, so he sets out on a personal mission to find God. In their varying ways he is guided on his metaphorical journey by his best friend Dave (Timothy Reifsnyder) and a Philadelphia Phillies-loving nun (Rosie O'Donnell) who teaches at his school.
Josh shows doubts about his religion as he questions if God truly exists, particularly when Dave is diagnosed with epilepsy and the moments as Josh experiences his first crush. As his academic year comes to an end, he finds his answer in an unexpected way.
Denis Leary as Mr. Beal
Dana Delany as Mrs. Beal
Joseph Cross as Joshua A. Beal
Rosie O'Donnell as Sister Terry
Timothy Reifsnyder as Dave O'Hara
Robert Loggia as Grandpa Beal
Camryn Manheim as Sister Sophia
Vicki Giunta as Sister Beatrice
Julia Stiles as Neena Beal
Heather Casler as Hope
Dan Lauria as Father Peters
Stefan Niemczyk as Frank Benton
Michael Pacienza as Freddie Waltman
Michael Shulman as Robert Brickman
Jaret Ross Barron as Dan
Jarrett Abello as John
Joseph Melito as Billy (Credited as Joseph Melito Jr.)
Peter A. Urban Jr. as Newman
Jahmal Curtis as Student
Michael Craig Bigwood as Little Boy
Gil Robbins as Cardinal Geary
Marc H. Glick as Father Sebastian
Robert K. O'Neill as Young Priest
Deborah Stern as Mrs. Waltman
Joey Perillo as Mr. Waltman
Jerry Walsh as Football Coach
Liam Mitchell as Gym Teacher
Charles Techman as Janitor
Antoine McLean as Wilson
Arleen Goman as Mrs. Pitman
Mets Suber as Race Starter
Gina Allegro as Nun
Rena Anakwe as Extra
Pierce Cravens as (singing voice)
Stephen Dunn as School Boy
Josh LaBove as Schoolboy
Patsy Meck as Nun in hallway
James Spector as (singing voice)
Wide Awake received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 39% based on reviews from 31 critics and reports a rating average of 4.8 out of 10.