Second Best

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Time Out says

William Hurt, who works in a sub-Post Office in rural Wales, is the son of self-absorbed parents. He decides to adopt a child and is finally allocated the disturbed son of Keith Allen's wild survivalist con. The movie starts in a threatening register with the boy being 'abducted' from school and taken to a woodland foxhole where he is forced to promise to love only his father, and then settles down to a 'Play for Today'-like examination of the difficult path towards trust and acceptance between boy and adopted father. Hurt excels in these buttoned-down roles and his performance here is something of an exemplar, full of intelligence and feeling. Allen's character and performance are misguided, but they don't scupper the film.
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Release details

UK release:

1993

Duration:

101 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Chris Menges

Cast:

Jane Horrocks, Chris Cleary Miles, William Hurt, Keith Allen

Music:

Simon Boswell

Production Designer:

Michael Howells

Editor:

George Akers

Cinematography:

Ashley Rowe

Screenwriter:

David Cook

Producer:

Sarah Radclyffe

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