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An Angel for May (2002)

Tom travels fifty years to the past after discovering a time machine. He meets May, a little orphan who needs help. Now that he knows his friends' fate and his own, he will try to reorder the events and change their history.

Director:

Harley Cokeliss

Writers:

Melvin Burgess (based on the novel by), Peter Milligan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... Sam Wheeler
Charlotte Wakefield ... May (Aged 10)
Matthew Beard ... Tom Collins
Hugo Speer ... Bob Harris
Matthew McNulty ... Sniffer (as Michael McNulty)
Anna Massey ... Rosie
Angeline Ball ... Barbara Collins (Mom)
Julie Cox ... Alison Wheeler
Richard Fleeshman ... School Team Captain
Dora Bryan ... Evelyn
James Joyce James Joyce ... Big Kid
Daniel Mason Daniel Mason ... Short Hair
Jonathan Bradd Jonathan Bradd ... Sir
Andrew Foxcroft Andrew Foxcroft ... Number 2
Ashley Rhodes Ashley Rhodes ... Small Boy
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Tom travels fifty years to the past after discovering a time machine. He meets May, a little orphan who needs help. Now that he knows his friends' fate and his own, he will try to reorder the events and change their history.

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An Angel for May was shot in Barnsley, Grimethorpe, High Bradfield, Penistone, and Sheffield in South Yorkshire and in Leeds, Marsden, and Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire. The farm ruins that acted as a wormhole transporting young Tom Collins from the 1990s to the 1940s was a set built on fields close to a farm in Penistone and used for three weeks where one nearby hill represented the '40s and another, with wind turbines in the background, was used for the 1990s. See more »

Alternate Versions

Determining an original length of the British film 'An Angel for May' is complicated by its playing on the film festival circuit during the second half of 2002 and having an ITV TV release 23-Dec-2002 in England without having a theatrical release. The British Board of Film Classification approved the film, in the form of a PAL format DVD from Guerilla Films, for a PG rating on 14-May-2006 with no cuts to its 102 minutes and 47 seconds total PAL run-time for all video on the DVD including a PAL video of the movie with a PAL run-time of 96 minutes and 2 seconds. PAL video runs at 50 frames per second while film projectors run at 24 film frames per second (48 PAL frames per second). Thus a film version of the movie's PAL frames would have a run-time of (96 + 2/60) * 25/24 = 100 minutes and 2 seconds, which would also be the NTSC run-time were the film converted to NTSC DVD. In 2007 distributor Feature Films for Families released 'An Angel for May' on full-frame NTSC format DVD with a 97 minute 16 second run-time including a 30 second FFFF video clip at the beginning and a 13 second FFFF video clip at the end. Subtracting the 43 seconds of FFFF video leaves 96 minutes and 33 seconds of original film run-time compared with 99 minutes and 55 seconds of original film run-time in the Guerilla Films PAL format version after the 7 second Guerilla Films video clip is subtracted. This means at least 3 minutes and 22 seconds of original film run-time in the Guerilla version was deleted from the FFFF version. Feature Films for Families has a reputation for buying distribution rights to family movies and distributing an edited version with segments of any scene or dialogue cut that might cause young children to ask awkward questions of their parents. One example of FFFF cuts in 'An Angel for May' is an early scene in the police station where 12-year old Tom has been taken by officers who pick him up on the freeway trying to hitchhike to London. The first cut starts just before it would become clear that Tom is talking with someone, an 18-year-old (credited as Sniffer) who is telling him how to break into homes through open bathroom windows. This cut runs for 17 seconds until Rosie appears and stares at Tom -- she actually recognizes him as a boy she met in 1941, 50 years earlier, but first-time viewers won't know this. When Sniffer sees she is staring at Tom he says "Oi, Rossie! Piss off, alright?" A second cut starts just after Sniffer says "Rosie" and runs for 6 seconds (while Tom echoes the sentiment) stopping just before Sniffer says "People like that should be locked up." Sniffer's subsequent dialogue is cut from the soundtrack as Tom's mother approaches so FFFF viewers won't realize Sniffer is talking to Tom -- reformatting from widescreen to full frame also helps Sniffer to be cut out of the frame. See more »

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Good movie for young and old
16 September 2005 | by hostymanSee all my reviews

I usually am not a fan of what I would consider a "vanilla" movie, but I was taken with this one. Actually, I got it for the wife to watch. After 5 minutes I was caught up in the plot and had no problem watching it to the end. Which I may add, the ending was a surprise for me. I would call it a fantasy film and highly entertaining. I thought the young lady that played the role of May was outstanding. Her portrayal of a somewhat unclean and uneducated young girl only enhances the ending.The photography was pleasing and does not overwhelm. All characters in the movie are well suited for their role and do not have a tendency to overact as many do in "vanilla" movies. Watch this one for a change of pace.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un √°ngel para May See more »

Filming Locations:

South Yorkshire, England, UK

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GBP1,500,000 (estimated)
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