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Opal Dream (2006)

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

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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 seeing his little sister become ill after Pobby and Dingan disappear quickly sets into motion an incredible journey that will serve as a transformative rite of passage for not just Ashmol, but the whole town of Lightning Ridge as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Jacqueline McKenzie
as Annie Williamson
Sapphire Boyce
as Kellyanne Williamson
Christian Byers
as Ashmol Williamson
Vince Colosimo
as Rex Williamson
Denise Roberts
as Vera Dunkley
Peter Callan
as Dan Dunkley
Stephen Potter
as Lyndon Dunkley
Sharni Honor
as Sandra Dunkley
Lisa Flanagan
as Ms. Banamooka
Anthony Braun
as Lyndon's Gang
Casey Frew
as Lyndon's Gang
Martin Grava
as Lyndon's Gang
David Field
as Jack the Quack
Robert Hamblyn
as Heavy Miner
John Clark
as Neville
James Edwards
as Court Clerk
Kerry Reid
as Stenographer
Nicholas Bell
as Judge McNulty
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

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

February 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

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

February 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

February 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

January 19, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

January 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

December 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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