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Our Mother's House (1967)

When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hook
Margaret Leclere ...
Elsa (as Margaret Brooks)
Louis Sheldon Williams ...
John Gugolka ...
Gerty (as Sarah Nicholls)
Gustav Henry ...
Parnum Wallace ...
Mrs. Quayle
Claire Davidson ...
Miss Bailey
Mr. Halbert
Gerald Sim ...
Bank Clerk


When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears... Written by Allen Dace

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We know a secret -- We won't tell. For if we tell, We'll go to hell. See more »


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Release Date:

July 1967 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Todas as Noites às Nove  »

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Did You Know?


Three of the seven juvenile actors who play the Hook children - Margaret Leclere (Elsa), Pamela Franklin (Diana), and Phoebe Nicholls (Gerty) - went on to further success and developed enduring film and TV careers as adults. Mark Lester also had later successes, most famously in the title role in "Oliver!" (1969); he gave up acting in the early 1980s and became an osteopath, but returned to film after more than 30 years to play the role of King Harold in "1066" (2015). See more »


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I saw it when I was a child.........and I still have nightmares
31 May 2003 | by (Canary islands, Spain) – See all my reviews

I saw this not-well-known movie when I was a little child. That night I couldn´t sleep believing my mother was going to die. Years later, as a teenager I saw it again......this time I thought I was a mature person and nothing would happen. Big mistake!!!!!!!!!! Another sleepless night!!!!!!!!! At the age of 27 I saw the movie again. This time, I said, I'm going to prove myself it's not gonna shock me as before. Another big mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The movie is shown on TV via TCM Channel (in Astra)every month. I have taped the movie and it's one of my dearest treasures. But it's hard to see it again. Everytime I decide to see it again I know I'm gonna feel so bad that I better not think about it twice! You could think this is some kind of masochism or self-mental-injury...but I don´t think so. Our Mother House is just a brilliant movie. And yes, I also consider it's a gem waiting to be discovered and release in a excellent DVD Special edition. So much has been said about it here. A drama? A horror movie? The loss of childhood?...everything it's true. The movie atmosphere is so dark and blue that you can feel how those children feel. The children do a fine job as well as Dirk Bogarde and Yootha Yoice (the later Mrs. Roper in the cult sitcom Man about the House). I've never read the book but the movie is a must see!!!!!!!!!! As some users say, this is a movie about children...but NOT for children. My own experience taught me that some movies can be traumatic...........But I wonder how the director and actors managed to deal with this story without disturbing the children. Did the children notice what was the story about? Specially in the final scene. A big question I hope can be answered in a future DVD release!!!!!!!!!!! Follow my advice.............get a chance and see it.

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