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Second Best

Second Best

William Hurt
Director: Chris Menges Cast: William Hurt
William Hurt
, Chris Cleary Miles
Chris Cleary Miles
, Keith Allen
Keith Allen
Chris Menges


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Actor William Hurt delivers one of his most acclaimed performances in this drama from Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Chris Menges. Hurt stars as Graham Holt, a repressed Welsh postmaster who lives a reclusive bachelor's existence with his suicidal father (Alfred Lynch), who is in failing health and is still grieving from the recent death of Graham's mother. Knowing that he'll soon be alone, Graham applies to adopt a troubled ten-year-old boy, James (Chris Cleary Miles), whose own painful history mirrors Graham's. Throughout the long adoption process, supervised by wisecracking social worker Debbie (Jane Horrocks), Graham struggles to win James' affection and respect during weekend visits, while the boy dreams of reconciliation with his father, John (Keith Allen), who is currently serving prison time. Graham's father dies, drawing Graham and James closer, and Graham begins to feel like a real father to James. But when John is released, he appears in town with the shocking news that he is afflicted with AIDS -- and cannot care for his son.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2016
UPC: 0024543216117
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Regency
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 46,459

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Graham Holt
Chris Cleary Miles James
Keith Allen John
Prunella Scales Margery
Jane Horrocks Debbie
Alan Cumming Bernard
John Hurt Uncle Turpin
Alfred Lynch Edward
James Warrior Senior Social Worker
Paul Wilson Colin, age 20
Ross Edwards Pimple
Doris Hare Mrs Hawkins
Shirley King Enid
Peter Copley Percy
Jodhi May Alice

Technical Credits
Chris Menges Director
George Akers Editor
Simon Boswell Score Composer
David Cook Screenwriter
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Judy Freeman Associate Producer
Peter Glossop Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Howells Production Designer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Sam Riley Set Decoration/Design
Waldo Roeg Art Director,Asst. Director
Ashley Rowe Cinematographer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Roger Thomas Art Director

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