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The Other (1972)

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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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Niles Perry
Martin Udvarnoky ...
Holland Perry
Norma Connolly ...
Aunt Vee
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Angelini
Loretta Leversee ...
Winnie
Lou Frizzell ...
Uncle George
Portia Nelson ...
Mrs. Rowe
Jenny Sullivan ...
Torrie
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Rider
Jack Collins ...
Mr. P.C. Pretty
Ed Bakey ...
Chan-yu
Clarence Crow ...
Russell
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In the summer of 1935, 9-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 (Sweden)  »

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In post-production, editing done to the film caused over half of Jerry Goldsmith's music to be left out. The soundtrack was finally available in 1997 along with The Mephisto Waltz (1971). See more »

Goofs

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

Holland Perry: Ada says Ada says.
[breaks mirror]
Holland Perry: There's seven years bad luck! Let's see what Ada says about that?
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Simply brilliant!
13 August 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

What can I say? This is an excellent film! I caught the beginning of "The Other" a few months ago on AMC, and of course, it was coming on late on a Saturday night...I didn't get to finish it, but what I saw intrigued me enough to look for the film. As I began to search the web, I found that the movie was based on an out-of-print book by Thomas Tryon. I picked up the book first, and was mesmerized! I also bought a copy for my mother, a bona-fide horror guru. I began talking up the book amongst my friends, many of whom were surprised that I claimed to be a horror fan and had never seen the film!

The movie has a definite look and feel to it, and Mulligan is to be commended for it. From the opening credits, featuring the incomparable Jerry Goldsmith's score, to the opening scenes in the woods, you know that no good is going to come of this. I won't spoil the film for those (and there's no doubt many) that haven't seen it. If you enjoy a good, solid psychological horror story, you will not be disappointed. If you're looking for blood and gore, don't bother.

There's solid performances from the twins, and of course, from Uta Hagen. My one true complaint comes from the ending...it seemed a little rushed, and deviated from the book too much, in a production that otherwise had followed the book quite faithfully. Tryon did write the screenplay himself, based on his own book, so how much can one complain about it? I just feel that the film would've benefited from another ten minutes, ending exactly like the book, including the surprising (and wide-open for interpretation) last chapter.

I adore discovering a film or book that I've never heard of, and, once discovering it, find that the movie has a lot of fans. This is another such movie. It deserves to be on DVD in the worst kind of way. Fans of thrilling, psychological, suspenseful movies will be well served by "The Other." If you haven't seen it, or read it, you should.


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