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Is anybody there? [videorecording] /

by Heyman, David; Turtletaub, Marc; Saraf, Peter; Crowley, John; Caine, Michael; Morrissey, David; Duff, Anne-Marie; Barlow, Thelma; Harris, Rosemary; Phillips, Leslie; Riach, Ralph; Spriggs, Elizabeth; Syms, Sylvia; Vaughan, Peter; Milner, Bill; Harness, Peter; Talbot, Joby; Big Beach (Firm); BBC Films; Heyday Films; Magnolia Home Entertainment (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2009Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.Language note: English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.Title notes: $21.99 12/3/2009 (hm)Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Retirement communities -- England -- Drama | Family-owned business enterprises -- England -- Drama | Midlife crisis -- England -- Drama | Magicians -- England -- Drama | Boys -- England -- Drama | Loneliness in children -- England -- Drama | Grief in men -- England -- Drama | Action and adventure films | Feature films | Fiction films | Video recordings for the hearing impairedCast: Michael Caine, David Morrissey, Ann-Marie Duff, Thelma Barlow, Rosemary Harris, Leslie Phillips, Ralph Riach, Elizabeth Spriggs, Sylvia Syms, Peter Vaughan, Bill Milner.Summary: Ten-year-old Edward lives in his family-run retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward leads an increasingly lonely existence until he meets Clarence, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Boy A director John Crowley followed up that award-winning film festival favorite with this eerie yet eloquent drama concerning a young boy fascinated by death due to the fact that he lives in the hospice home for the elderly that's owned by his parents. Perhaps due to the morose surroundings in which he was raised, wide-eyed Edward (Son of Rambow star Bill Milner) possesses both an acute sense of death and an obsessive desire to find out what happens after we pass on from this life. These interests are most noticeably evident in Edward's ongoing fascination with the paranormal, an obsession that his overworked parents merely tolerate as the curious boy makes his way around the hospice with a tape recorder determined to better understand the concept of mortality. Suddenly, into Edward's world rolls embittered, burned-out ex-magician Clarence (Michael Caine) -- who makes no attempts to hide the fact that he's not in the hospice by his own free will. Clarence has long since ceased to practice his trade, and no longer possesses the ability to recognize anything positive in either his surroundings or the people who inhabit them. He's irascible, ornery, and indignant, and he's just barely able to tolerate the young boy who's so interested in the one topic that plagues his thoughts most -- death. Before long, however, these two outsiders discover that their mutual need to make sense of the world means they have more in common than initial appearances would suggest. Soon embarking on a series of comic misadventures that help them both to better understand the many mysteries of life, Edward and Clarence form an unlikely bond that provides them both with the comfort they so desperately need during this uncertain stage in each of their lives. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

$21.99 12/3/2009 (hm)

DVD, widescreen ([2.35:1]); Dolby Digital.

English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Michael Caine, David Morrissey, Ann-Marie Duff, Thelma Barlow, Rosemary Harris, Leslie Phillips, Ralph Riach, Elizabeth Spriggs, Sylvia Syms, Peter Vaughan, Bill Milner.

Director of photography, Rob Hardy ; editor, Trevor Waite ; music, Joby Talbot.

MPAA rating: PG-13; for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images.

Ten-year-old Edward lives in his family-run retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward leads an increasingly lonely existence until he meets Clarence, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age.

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