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Flowers in the Attic (1987)

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.



(novel) (as V.C. Andrews), (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Ben Ryan Ganger ...
Cory (as Ben Ganger)
Marshall Colt ...
Nathan Davis ...
Brooke Fries ...
Flower Girl
Alex Koba ...
John Hall
Leonard Mann ...
Bruce Neckels ...
Clare Peck ...
Narrator (voice) (as Clare C. Peck)


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 <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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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  »

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$15,151,736 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sharon Stone auditioned for the role of Corrine. Jeffrey Bloom showed interest in casting her, but the producers opposed to it. See more »


Very obvious wig on Cathy as she gets a haircut from Chris in the bathroom. See more »


[about Grandmother's house]
Narrator: Though it's been many years since I last saw it, I'll always remember that even my first impression was one of fear and wonder. My childhood was soon to be lost, my innocence shattered, and all our dreams destroyed by what we would find within.
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It pales in comparison to the book, but is still pretty good
19 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My mom had been wanting me to watch this movie ever since she had heard that I had never seen it. It seemed interesting enough and one day when it came on TV I recorded it and decided to watch it later that night. Now, maybe I was just not expecting much from it, but I absolutely loved it the first time I watched it. Then, I realized it was based on a book.

Not long ago I finished the book, and when I look back this movie kind of did not do it justice at all. There was tons of material that was left out and though I like the ending in the movie better than the ending in the book, I thought the book was much more mystifying and eerie. The thing about the movie though is it's entertaining enough on it's own to where I still really enjoy it and the characters are well adapted and played out by the actors and actresses. The movie maintains some eeriness and has a nice, creepy atmosphere, but now I just wish that there was so much more they would've done with the movie.

I guess since I'm not a huge fan of the book, it doesn't really upset me that the movie fails to do it justice, but I really do wish there would be another movie adaptation where it's rated R and they include tons of more important material. In any matter, Flowers in the Attic is enjoyable, entertaining and well executed. It's nothing like the book, so don't expect it to be if you haven't seen it and think you might like to.

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