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The Other (1972)

Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

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Ada
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Alexandra
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Martin Udvarnoky ...
Norma Connolly ...
Aunt Vee
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Angelini
Loretta Leversee ...
Winnie
Lou Frizzell ...
Uncle George
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Mrs. Rowe
Jenny Sullivan ...
Torrie
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Rider
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Mr. P.C. Pretty
Ed Bakey ...
Chan-yu
Clarence Crow ...
Russell
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In the summer of 1935, 12-year-old twins Niles and Holland Perry live with their family on a Connecticut farm. Their loving grandmother Ada has taught them something called "the game." A number of accidents begin happening, and it seems to Niles that Holland is responsible. It is Ada who begins to see the truth, and she is the only one who can stop this macabre game of murder. Written by <harang@cajunnet.com>

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29 September 1972 (Italy)  »

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As the film needed to take place during summer, the small town of Murphys, California, was substituted for shooting instead of on location in Connecticut. See more »

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Niles is lying in bed with his grandmother comforting him. In the close-up shots of his face, his hair is hanging in bangs in his face, but in long shots, his hair has been pushed back away from his forehead. See more »

Quotes

Niles Perry: Ada, can I be something else today? Bigger than a flower. Please? Let's play the game...the GREAT game!
Ada: The great game is it?
Niles Perry: Please? PLEASE?
Ada: Very well, then. The great game it shall be!
Niles Perry: Oh boy! Come on!
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A disturbing psychological horror film with a twist ending
13 September 2001 | by (New York City, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film as a child but its images haunted me for many years. This terrifying film has rarely been broadcast since, but was recently shown on American Movie Classics and I found it as frightening as I remembered. It is notable for the performance of the legendary acting teacher, Uta Hagen, whose film and TV appearances are limited but whose teachings are highly regarded in the acting world. Her role as Ada, the Russian grandmother of mysterious twin boys with a terrible secret, is perhaps not one of the great roles in film history, but her performance lends the film a tragic depth which makes the events seem all the more horrible. TV's John Ritter also has a small but important role as another member of the family beset by crises and dire events. And the late Portia Nelson, one of the nuns from THE SOUND OF MUSIC, also makes an appearance. Like many horror films of the 70's, this film sets a child's innocence against a malevolent force but, unlike The Exorcist or The Omen, doesn't involve supernatural elements. The horror is almost entirely psychological and involves the twins' relationship and a grief-stricken family. It would be foolish to give away too many details because the plot twists and shocking ending are so effective, but this film, without explicit violence or gore manages, to make an impact and is a must-see for horror fans.


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