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Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  20 November 1987 (USA)
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Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.



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After the death of her husband, a mother takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, decrepit old mansion. However, the kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by the grandmother, and their mother, who becomes less and less concerned about them and their failing health, and more concerned about herself and the inheritance she plans to win back from her dying father, to the point of murder... Written by David Gibson <>

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One of the decade's most widely read best sellers is now this year's incredible shocker. See more »


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Release Date:

20 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flores en el ático  »

Box Office


$15,151,736 (USA)

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(Ryder Sound Services)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Source novelist Virginia C. Andrews had script approval over the movie's produced screenplay. See more »


During the party when Corinne and her date are dancing, she is wearing a strapless dress and there are clearly no scars or any indication that she was beaten with a whip. See more »


Grandmother: Your mother has come home after seventeen years to repent for her sins and for her crime. Not only against your grandfather and me, but against God! Your mother's marriage was unholy! A sacrilege! An abomination in the eyes of the Lord! She did not fall from Grace! She leapt! Into the arms of a man whose veins pulsed with the same blood as hers! Not a stranger, but her own uncle! And you, the children, are the devil's spawn! Evil from the moment of conception!
Cathy: [shouts] I'm getting my mother!
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it was not that bad
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I completely disagree with the previous summary. Granted I have not read the book, however this movie is a good movie. It might not be the best adaptation of a book but it is a very interesting & scary thriller. I first saw this movie in 1988 when I was 8 & it was scary then. I have seen it since & though a bit sappy it is a scary movie. There are hundreds of other movies that came from the 80's that I would not suggest however this is a pretty good one. Keep in mind the era it was made, but overall it is NOT a bad movie. Maybe we should look at the movie for what it is a movie & not just an adaptation of a book. This movie is truly scary & worth a cheap rental on a rainy Saturday night.

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