Hollow Reed (1996)

Hollow Reed




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: R (Rated R for violence including child abuse, a strong sex scene and language.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paula Milne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 27, 1998
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as Martyn Wyatt

as Hannah Wyatt

as Tom Dixon

as Frank Donally

as Oliver Wyatt

as Doctor Razmu

as Jamie's Mother

as Site Foreman

as Record Shop Girl

as Unemployed Youth

as Mr. Bugler

as School Nurse

as Doctor Ian Slater

as Martyn's Lawyer

as Sgt. Curtis

as Court Welfare Office...

as Hannah's Lawyer

as High Court Welfare O...

as Martyn's Barrister

as Hannah's Barrister

as High Court Judge

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.

Allegra F

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