The Wizard of Loneliness (1988)


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In this film, based on the novel by John Nichols, young Wendall Olet (Lukas Haas) is sent to live with his Aunt Sybil (Lea Thompson) and Uncle John (Lance Guest) when is father is called on to fight in World War II. Lonely and unhappy, Wendall harbors the delusion that he possesses amazing powers and becomes involved in some family secrets.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nancy Larson, Jenny Bowen
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as Wendall

as John T.

as Cornelia

as Jimmy Wiggen

as Hank Kahler

as Joel Spender

as Irma Kahler

as Sheriff Flood
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Critic Reviews for The Wizard of Loneliness

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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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The gravity and gaiety of the film makes its coming-of-age theme quite special.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

October 7, 2005
International Press Academy

September 9, 2005

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