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Virginia C. Andrews (novel)
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Release Date:
20 November 1987 (USA) See more »
They have come to a house where secrets are kept....where the future is haunted by the past.....where the innocent live in the shadow of sin.....where a dark legacy awaits to destroy all who defy it..... See more »
Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Jeff Bloom did one right thing...he never made a sequel. See more (157 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louise Fletcher ... Grandmother

Victoria Tennant ... Mother

Kristy Swanson ... Cathy

Jeb Stuart Adams ... Chris
Ben Ryan Ganger ... Cory (as Ben Ganger)

Lindsay Parker ... Carrie
Marshall Colt ... Father
Nathan Davis ... Grandfather
Brooke Fries ... Flower Girl
Alex Koba ... John Hall
Leonard Mann ... Bart Winslow
Bruce Neckels ... Minister

Gus Peters ... Caretaker
Clare Peck ... Narrator (voice) (as Clare C. Peck)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia C. Andrews ... Window Washing Maid (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jeffrey Bloom 
Writing credits
Virginia C. Andrews (novel) (as V.C. Andrews)

Jeffrey Bloom (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Thomas Fries .... producer (as Tom Fries)
Sy Levin .... producer
Mike Rosenfeld .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Frank Byers (director of photography)
Gil Hubbs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Fries  (as Tom Fries)
Gregory F. Plotts 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
John Muto 
Set Decoration by
Michele Starbuck 
Costume Design by
Ann Somers Major 
Makeup Department
Kathy W. Estocin .... hair stylist (as Cathy Estocin)
Pat Gerhardt .... additional makeup artist
Dennis Glas .... additional makeup artist (as Dennis Glass)
Robert Hallowell II .... hair stylist (as Robert Hallowell)
Robin L. Neal .... makeup artist (as Robin Neal)
Production Management
S. Bryan Hickox .... co-executive in charge of production
William J. Hole Jr. .... unit production manager (as William Hole)
William P. Owens .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Dean III .... second assistant director (as Douglas F. Dean III)
Peter Gries .... first assistant director (as Peter S. Gries)
Art Department
Rick Bailey .... carpenter
John Ballowe .... assistant art director
Paul Berglund .... swing gang
Christine Bodine .... scenic artist (as Chris Bodine)
Scot Broadus .... lead person
Mary Brown .... scenic artist
Michael Brown .... swing gang
David Cardinal .... carpenter
Jose Cobos .... carpenter
Richard Dearborn .... swing gang
Richard L. Doucette .... carpenter: Massachusetts (as Richard Lyle Doucette)
Joseph F. Douchette .... carpenter: Massachusetts
William B. Fosser .... assistant art director (as William R. Foster)
Betty Alice Fowler .... assistant set decorator: Massachusetts
Lori Gark .... scenic artist
Joseph Giordano Jr. .... art department assistant: Massachusetts
Terry Haskell .... property master
Ralph Hassman .... construction foreman
William Jones .... property assistant
Kristen Kelly .... set dresser (as Kristin Kelly)
Don Larson Jr. .... carpenter (as Don Larson)
Gabrielle Liuzzi .... swing gang
William Luca .... art department assistant: Massachusetts
Marco López .... swing gang (as Marco Lopez)
Thomas Morris .... carpenter
Craig Newhouse .... set dresser
Frank Palazzo .... construction foreman
Paul Plamondon .... art department assistant: Massachusetts
Clare Scarpulla .... draughtsperson
Ray Stoddard .... construction coordinator
Jim Wood .... construction coordinator
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (as Vanessa Crosby)
Bob Beher .... sound apprentice (as Bob Behr)
Patrick Bietz .... sound assistant (as Patrick M. Beitz)
Arnold Braun .... sound mixer
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joe Citarella)
Holly Davis .... sound effects editor
Jonathan D. Evans .... sound engineer
Kevin Hearst .... adr editor
Kevin Hearst .... dialogue editor
Grover B. Helsley .... sound re-recording mixer (as Grover Helsley)
Dave Kulczycki .... sound effects editor (as David Kulczycki)
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects editor
R.J. Palmer .... supervising sound editor
Sam Perry .... boom operator
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Kelly Tartan .... sound effects editor
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects: A&A (as Dick Albain)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts (as Kerry Cullen)
Christopher Doyle .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (as Jeanie Epper)
Emil Farkas .... stunt coordinator
John Vincent Mason .... stunt double
Dawn Nallick .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Ross)
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (as Rick Waugh)
David Zellitti .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Byers .... camera operator
Norman Currier .... gaffer: Massachusetts
Deloss Douchette Jr. .... gaffer: Massachusetts
Ernest Douchette .... gaffer: Massachusetts
Richard E. Douchette .... grip: Massachusetts
Lex DuPont .... first assistant camera
Bobby Ferrara .... gaffer
Alice Fries .... still photographer
Robert King .... electrician
Edwin Thomas Lyon Sr. .... generator operator (as Edwin Lyons Sr.)
Brian McLaughlin .... still photographer
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Tim Moore .... key grip (as Timothy Moore)
Phillip Napi Jr. .... grip: Massachusetts
Richard Osborn Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Rick Osborn)
Les Percy .... best boy grip
Stephen Price .... electrician: Massachusetts
Joe Rowan .... electrician
Mark Spitzer .... electrician
Bruce Swift .... grip
Jim Thorpe .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Jill Alman .... extras casting
Megan Branman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna D. Casey .... costume assistant (as Donna Casey)
Marguerite Topping .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Edward Briggs .... color timer
David Newhouse .... editorial consultant
Ed Richards .... negative cutter
Lee Tabacchi .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Don Davis .... conductor: orchestra
John Mick .... music editor
Susan Mick .... music editor
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
Paul Francis Witt .... musical consultant
Anne Atkins Young .... music supervisor
Mark Zimoski .... consultant: percussion
Transportation Department
Angelo Capodano .... driver (as Angelo Capodanno)
Carlo Giannelli .... driver captain: Massachusetts
Bob Hendrix .... transportation coordinator
Mike Hendrix .... driver
Howard Jackson .... driver (as Howard M. Jackson)
Peri Kittell .... driver (as Peri Kittel)
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver (as Ronald L. Linxwiler)
Ernest C. Molina .... driver (as Ernest Molina)
Paul Muhe .... driver
Ted Schambers .... driver (as Ted B. Schambers)
Other crew
Jennifer Benson .... production secretary: Massachusetts
Tom Calderaro .... synthesizer programmer
Pavel Cerny .... location manager
Karen Cohen .... production accountant
Thomas Farr .... production assistant (as Tom Farr)
Andrea Goodman .... production secretary
Jill Gurr .... script supervisor
John Lord Hastings .... craft service (as John Hastings)
Suzanne Hobbs .... production secretary: Massachusetts
Frank Kosa .... production assistant: Massachusetts
Charles Mcdonald .... title designer (as Charles McDonald)
Vince Panatiere .... unit publicist
Rita Rokisky .... production coordinator
Louis Smallwood .... welfare worker
Joan Stevenson .... production controller
Paul Van Zyl .... production assistant
Steve Clayton .... set security (uncredited)
Virginia C. Andrews .... in memory of (as V.C. Andrews)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Iceland:12 | Mexico:B | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | UK:PG (heavily cut) (self applied TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #28580) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Cameo: [Virginia C. Andrews]the author of "Flowers In The Attic" appears as a window washer.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Cathy is wearing knee pads when she throws herself on the floor in an attempt to catch the ballerina figurine.See more »
Cathy:Why are you just standing there, Mother? Cory needs to be taken to a hospital there is no other decision to make
[the mother just stands there looking and quivering]
Cathy:What's wrong with you mother? Are you going to just stand there and think about yourself and your money while Cory lies there and dies? Don't you care what happens to him? Have you forgotten that you're his mother?
Mother:Always it's you.
[slaps Cathy]
Cathy:[slaps her mother back]
Cathy:[shouts] Damn you to hell, Mama, if you don't take Cory to a hospital right now! You think you can go on doing whatever you want with us and nobody will ever find out? If Cory dies, Mama, you'll pay for it! One way or another, I will find a way. I promise you that.
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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Jeff Bloom did one right thing...he never made a sequel., 16 January 2003
Author: Medusa13 from United States

That might sound a little harsh. It certainly wasn't the worst movie I have ever seen, but it's down there. The events that transpire throughout the course of the film stay true to V.C. Andrews' novel, in some ways. Four siblings are locked in the northern wing of their grandparents' house by their selfish mother and sadistic grandmother after the death of their father has left the family in debt. The movie does open up before "Daddy's" death, and there is even a scene where the oldest daughter, Cathy, is given a music box by her beloved father, just like in the book. However, the relationship between Cathy and her father seems almost irrelevant to the whole feel of the movie, from what I can remember, because unlike in the book, their relationship is not developed well, not much beyond that one scene in fact. And there were sequels to the book that were able to expand on the effects Chris Sr.'s death had on Cathy, especially seen through her incestuous relationship with her brother, which was cut out of the movie. Then there is the night of the father's birthday party (only in the movie, there are no guests), and the family is waiting for him to come home from work. He never does. Instead, a couple of police officers show up at the door. Cathy screams. Cut to Cathy and Chris in a bus (was it a bus? In the book, they were in a train), on their way to their grandmother's house, or rather, mansion. Blah blah blah. The kids arrive, are locked away in a northern room, and that's where they stay for the next few years. You have to pardon me. I know all about the book. I know it by heart. But I haven't seen this movie for years so I don't remember exactly how long they were imprisoned in the film. In the book, it was like 3 years, four months and 16 days. In the closet of this sequestered room, there are stairs leading up to the attic where they often like to play, and where Cathy practices ballet. Cathy and her brother Chris do not go on to have a love affair, though, like they did in the book. Yet there is still plenty of abuse. Besides the obvious fact that they are being locked away from the world, the grandmother also cuts Cathy's beautiful hair and slaps the children and stuff. And Chris and Cathy do like to take baths with the other one watching. The ending is the worst part of this movie. It strays far from the book's conclusion. It goes for sensation, unlike V.C. Andrews, whom I think knew what she was doing when she had the story end the way it did. She also left room for a sequel. Jeff Bloom really didn't. I read that there was talk of a sequel, but they never got around to it. I'm glad. Petals on the Wind was my favorite in the series, and the rest were really good too, better than the original because the characters were more complex. I shudder to think of what would have been done to them in a film adaptation. Overall, this is not a movie worth seeing. Fans of the book will most likely be disappointed, and those who haven't read it probably won't like it much either. I don't know quite why the movie failed to live up to the book. Well, no movie seems to, just by principle, with rare exceptions. On top of that, the acting wasn't very good, though Kristy Swanson does look like Cathy would. Though perhaps that's because I originally bought the movie tie-in copy of the book, and the kids on the cover were modeled after the actors. There certainly was a vague resemblance between Cathy, Chris and their younger brother Cory, twin of Carrie, on the cover and the actors who played them. On some of the movie covers, it shows the illustrated picture from the book cover. It is cool. It shows four kids standing in the attic doorway as if they are prepared to enter a dangerous other world, looking scared. The main failure though is probably that the way V.C. Andrews wrote the book cannot be duplicated by any director or screenwriter. And the prologue was ten times better than Cathy's voice-over during the opening credits. But mainly, this is the kind of story to be read, especially since I feel that V.C. Andrews was a much better writer than most people give her credit for being, most of all this movie, which by the way, she had a cameo in. She was a window-washer. So if you want the story, read the book. Read the whole series, if you want. I gave the first four books very high ratings on Amazon, though they disturbed me greatly, and in a way, I hate them for that. And it takes a lot to disturb me. Forget this. I give it a 3 out of ten.

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