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  • Actors: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves, Geraldine Turner
  • Directors: Carl Schultz
  • Writers: Michael Jenkins, Sumner Locke Elliott
  • Producers: Jill Robb
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Careful, He Might Hear You" on IMDb

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During the turmoil of the Depression, a young boy becomes a pawn in a bitter family rivalry. Estranged from his father and orphaned by his bohemian novelist mother after bequeathing her newborn with the name PS, "a postscript to her ridiculous life," six-year-old PS is caught in an elaborate web of deceit and torn between his two feuding aunts, an average suburban housewife and a wealthy socialite. Based on Sumner Locke Elliott's dramatic novel, this award-winning Australian film is a poignant tale of a young boy's coming of age. Heart-rending and compelling, Careful, He Might Hear You is a powerful story of how one child's love and courage triumphs over his family's painful past.

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What a wonderful actor.
Mimcou
Well let me throw in my vote for the pro side.
R. Hewitt
One of the best movies I've ever seen.
casstechie

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Hewitt on February 28, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm afraid we have a difference of opinion here for CHMHY,split between pro and con. Well let me throw in my vote for the pro side.Ever since I first viewed this film it has haunted me,I knew I had to own it-so I got a copy of the tape,now I think I have to get the DVD.The performances all around are impeccable,Hughes,Nevin,and especially the child actor,Gledhill.I wonder whatever became of him? Was this just a flash in the pan role for him or did he go on acting regionaly?It is a performance of remarkable sensitivity and naturalism.That said the film itself looks great.Lush and golden the colors pop out at you.The musical score is one that I also had to seek out for its singular delicate beauty-is Ray Cook another regional talent, I can't think of another score that he has composed?It has a sort of P.Glass-like hypnotic quality.Then there is the story itself a shameless tearjerker I'll admit but so real, and skewed with a sense of unreallity-an almost supernatural quality near the end.(The Wendy Hughes boat departure scene,short as it is has a flash of "Titanic" terror about it,and at the same time a sad irony.Anyway this duality is what keeps me coming back to this film again and again.It's a small classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mimcou on January 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I loved this movie...the scenery, the musical score, but most of all the little boy. What a wonderful actor.
Most of his acting was done with facial expressions. You knew immediately what he was feeling. I would highly recommend the film.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terri VINE VOICE on May 3, 2006
Format: DVD
I must say, I have read many reviews on this website about this movie, yet no one has talked about the movie itself, but just about the music and bits and pieces of the movie are being torn apart by most viewers. I saw this movie when it first came out. It's a good story. It's about two sisters trying to get custody of their 7 year old nephew. One sister is single, and in love with the boy's father, and thinks by raising him, she'll win the father's heart. The other sister truely loves the boy along with her husband, they have raised him so far. This sister, who loves the boy, is middle-low class and has medical problems which the rich sister tries to use against her in court. When the rich sister wins custody of the boy, she finds that the boy doesn't like her, and wants to go back to the other sister. It's a real battle, with the rich sister not even considering what the poor little boy wants, which is to live with his other aunt. It's a sad movie, really, if you have kids, it makes you think about what your kids might go through if you don't have a will in tact. Anyway, when all is said and done, dear old dad doesn't want custody of little P.S., and the rich sister drowns in a accident, so P.S. gets to live with who he wanted to begin with! Long time coming you must say. It's a good movie, if you like foreign films. My kids don't like accents, so I have a hard time getting them to watch this movie. I myself liked it and recommend watching it. This movie is set in the 1930's Australia. The acting is wonderful, and the all around story is great. It sure gets me stressed out when poor little P.S tries to explain to the judge that he wants to live with his Aunt Lila.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felipe N. Gajate on October 10, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this film when it played in Washinton, DC and left the movie house very impressed with the story, the superb acting by the whole cast and the wonderful cinematography and music score. In addition it is an Australian film. A definite plus!.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max235to1 on October 30, 2001
Format: DVD
Careful he might hear you, is one of those old films I saw many times on VHS only because it has a beautiful score.17 years later the film stands up to the test of time and still gets me in a place where I am enthralled by the very young lead actors performance and Wendy Hughes performance as Vanessa.Its a dark tale about a little boy caught between the custody chains of two sisters and the fight they ensue to adopt him.Good stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By casstechie on April 7, 2011
Format: DVD
This was 1 of 2 movies I rented when it first came out. I decided to watch this movie last (it didn't sound that exciting)and started watching it around 1:00am (I fiqured I would finish it in the morning). I was literaaly riveted to the screen for the entire movie. One of the best movies I've ever seen.
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In many ways this is a heartbreaking story of the covert incest of a young boy who would have been comploetely destroyed if he had spent more time with the neurotic (dare I say sociopathic?) wealthy aunt. Is it too much of a cliche to say that wealth is no guarantee of human feeling? Some of the warmest and happiest people I know exist just above the poverty level, like so many do. Others have mentioned the fine acting, particularly by the young boy who plays P.S. A genuine miracle! In my humble opinion the positive parting words given by the wealthy aunt, Vanessa, just before she died did not redeem the terrible, cold, regimented treatment of a boy too young to defend himself. The symbolism of the gold nugget I really liked. It was P.S.'s link to sanity in an insane situation one wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
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