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Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

PG | | Drama | 15 June 1984 (USA)
His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless,... See full summary »


Carl Schultz


Michael Jenkins (screenplay), Sumner Locke Elliott (novel)
10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Hughes ... Vanessa
Robyn Nevin ... Lila
Nicholas Gledhill Nicholas Gledhill ... PS
John Hargreaves ... Logan
Geraldine Turner ... Vere
Isabelle Anderson Isabelle Anderson ... Agnes
Peter Whitford ... George
Colleen Clifford ... Ettie
Edward Howell Edward Howell ... Judge
Jacqueline Kott ... Miss Pile
Julie Nihill ... Diana
Michael Long Michael Long ... Mr. Hood
Len London Len London ... Mr. Gentle
Beth Child Beth Child ... Mrs. Grindel
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... The Magician


His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless, absent father, she asserts her rights and convinces Lila to have PS live with her weekdays. PS is happy at Lila's, playing with children, running about, speaking up. At Vanessa's, there's a regimen of private school, round vowels, piano and riding lessons, and lonely indoor play with fancy toys. He's miserable and when he objects, she sues for complete custody. Will anyone listen to him? And will he take on Vanessa's challenges to find out who he is and to love someone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of three major film and television collaborations of actress Robyn Nevin and director Carl Schultz. The productions are the feature films 'Goodbye Paradise'' (1983) and 'Careful, He Might Hear You' (1983) and two episodes of the television mini-series 'The Dismissal' (1983). See more »


Referenced in Goodbye Paradise Revisited (2019) See more »

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Magical coming-of-age saga
5 May 2000 | by bkambergerSee all my reviews

Surely one of the best modern films about childhood, this swept the Australian Academy Awards and remains a thrilling film experience. When a young boy is left orphaned, his two aunts wage a bitter custody war over him. We see the adults' actions from the boy's point of view, with all the wonder, confusion, and naive wisdom such an outlook would provide. The events have a wry edge even in tragedy and remain gripping even in happiness. Stay tuned through the final credits for one of the best epilogues in film history.

Wendy Hughes plays the dark side of Auntie Mame, and she is both entrancing and repulsive, ludicrous and heartbreaking. The late John Hargreaves delivers a shattering cameo, and young Nicholas Gledhill deserves to be named in the company of Jean-Pierre Leaud, Anton Glanzelius, and Haley Joel Osment. The child's-eye direction is never less than astonishing, while the cinematography and music are gorgeous enough to take your breath away. If you thought the squabble over Elian Gonzalez was great drama, wait till you see this!

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