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Hollow Reed (1996)

Hollow Reed




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In this British drama, Oliver is being abused by his mother's lover. When Oliver's father Martyn tries to take Oliver home, he is informed that it has to be done legally. It is revealed that Martyn is a homosexual and the courts must decide between a homosexual or abusive family.more
Rating: R (Rated R for violence including child abuse, a strong sex scene and language.)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Paula Milne
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On DVD: Oct 27, 1998
Channel 4


Martin Donovan
as Martyn Wyatt
Joely Richardson
as Hannah Wyatt
Ian Hart
as Tom Dixon
Jason Flemyng
as Frank Donally
Sam Bould
as Oliver Wyatt
Shaheen Khan
as Doctor Razmu
Kelly Hunter
as Jamie's Mother
Tim Crouch
as Site Foreman
Jane Hill
as Record Shop Girl
Glen Hammond
as Unemployed Youth
Simon Chandler
as Mr. Bugler
Dilys Hamlett
as School Nurse
Andy Rashleigh
as Doctor Ian Slater
David Calder
as Martyn's Lawyer
Maeve Murphy
as Sgt. Curtis
Victoria Scarborough
as Court Welfare Office...
Roger Lloyd-Pack
as Hannah's Lawyer
Kenneth Anderson
as High Court Welfare O...
Annette Badland
as Martyn's Barrister
Douglas Hodge
as Hannah's Barrister
Edward Hardwicke
as High Court Judge
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Hannah's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Hollow Reed

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Hollow Reed

I liked this movie. Im glad that the father won custody of his son. I hated that the mother never believe her son.


It was alright. I really, really hated Frank and Ollie's mom. She was absolutely disgusting. If she KNEW her kid was being abused by her boyfriend, why the heck wouldn't she leave him until AFTER the court gave custody to his father? Awful. I also hated her lawyer. He was disgusting. Ollie's dad's orientation was irrelevant to his ability to care for him - he was just a homophobe who brought his prejudice to the case and purported it as fact. Disgusting. I think the movie would've been better if it didn't end so abruptly. Or maybe if it spent more time exploring Ollie's emotions - obviously he doesn't want to be in an abusive situation, but he said he still wanted to live with his mom, but also with his dad. So is he happier with his dad now that he's with him (yet he has sole custody so he is not also with his mom)? It's kind of unclear.

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