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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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite being a popular novel among female teenagers, Kristy Swanson had not read it when she was cast in the film. She decided not to read it afterwards, instead preferring to trust Jeffrey Bloom's vision of how Cathy was supposed to be. 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 »


Chris: [about the mother] She never meant for us to leave that attic.
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feeble adaptation of a powerful book
23 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The original quartet of books (Flowers in the Attic; Petals on the Wind; Let There be Thorns; Seeds of Yesterday) combined to tell a controversial and powerful tale of abuse, incest, betrayal, murder, mental distress and collapse, and hidden family secrets. The characters leapt off the page and the situations were memorable.

This film, I'm sorry to say, is feeble and doesn't get even halfway near to doing justice to Virginia Andrews' work. As the key character, Cathy, Kirsty Swanson is all wrong, while her siblings Chris, Carrie, and Cory (played by Jeb Stuart Adams, Lindsay Parker, and Ben Ryan Ganger) don't engage the interest. Perhaps the most interesting character in the film is Corrine, their mother, played by Victoria Tennant, and given a bit of characterisation.

I just think the material is pretty unfilmable without it veering into pseudo-porn or just becoming a catalogue of violence. Stick to the books and avoid this.

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