Opal Dream (2006)



Critic Consensus: Earnest performances and Peter Cattaneo's sympathetic direction gives heart to the simple, timeworn script.

Movie Info

When the imaginary friends of a young girl living in Australia's Lightning Ridge opal-mining town go missing, the inexplicable illness that befalls her soon prompts her brother to organize a desperate search for his sister's transparent pals in director Peter Cattaneo's adaptation of Ben Rice's popular children's novella. Kellyanne is a young girl with a vivid imagination and two invisible friends named Pobby and Dingan. Though her brother, Ashmol, was never the affectionate type, his concern at … More

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements, language and some violence.)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Cattaneo, Phil Traill, Ben Rice
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2007
Focus Features


as Annie Williamson

as Kellyanne Williamson

as Ashmol Williamson

as Rex Williamson

as Vera Dunkley

as Dan Dunkley

as Lyndon Dunkley

as Sandra Dunkley

as Ms. Banamooka

as Lyndon's Gang

as Lyndon's Gang

as Lyndon's Gang

as Jack the Quack

as Heavy Miner

as Neville

as Court Clerk

as Stenographer

as Judge McNulty
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Critic Reviews for Opal Dream

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16)

Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greeted with scorn.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Although Opal Dream marks a pleasing departure from the conventions of the British comedy -- it's based on a children's book and set in the Australian outback -- it's disappointingly small in scope.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Sophisticated cine philes aren't likely to go ga-ga over this one, but Opal Dream is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Opal Dream


This is definitely a film that will polarize its audience. On the one hand, it's a pleasant (albeit non-germane) 'family' film that never rises above its indie roots. On the other hand, it's too cloying for your average viewer. It's all very similar to the superior 'Lars And The Real Girl', and even though this technically came out first, I'd recommend that film over this one any day.

The acting is relaxed and believable, with the unfortunate exception of Sapphire Boyce's 'Kellyanne', who comes off as a tad wooden and her character more than a bit manipulative, which would be forgivable were it not for Christian Byer's deft portrayal of 'Ashmol'.

Direction, cinematography and screenwriting are all pedestrian at best, and with a title like 'Opal Dream', you might imagine a more colorful palette, but the dusty grey Australian outback proves to be more difficult to film than its source novella would suggest.

Recommended for families who find themselves weary of Hollywood's by-the-numbers filmmaking and would like to see something a little different.

Jake Stevens

I loved this movie. It was cute and sweet in a silly sort of way.
It told me no matter what you believe, always have faith. Dream your dreams and follow your heart.

*tEa GaL*

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