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Flowers in the Attic -- After a tragic accident leaves them fatherless, four children return to their mother's mysterious family mansion hoping for an inheritance. But when they are imprisoned and abandoned by their evil grandmother, the children must survive a nightmare of brutal cruelty, forbidden passion and a final shocking discovery that will shatter their innocence forever.

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Director:
Writers:
Virginia C. Andrews (novel)
Jeffrey Bloom (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 November 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Don't judge it by the book See more (160 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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)
 
Stunts
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
Robert Ferrara .... gaffer (as Bobby Ferrara)
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)
 
Thanks
Virginia C. Andrews .... in memory of (as V.C. Andrews)
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Source novelist Virginia C. Andrews had script approval over the movie's produced screenplay.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Very obvious wig on Cathy as she gets a haircut from Chris in the bathroom.See more »
Quotes:
Mother:Nonsense, you know I don't have any children. Get out. I'll not have my wedding day ruined by a cruel, evil prank.
Cathy:YOU'RE the one who's cruel and evil, Mother, you kept us locked up in that attic and you said you'd come for us after your father died. YOU NEVER CAME!
Chris:You couldn't let anybody find out about us, because if you did you'd be disinherited.
Mother:It's not true! No, what proof do they have?
Chris:[holds up a dead mouse] It died from eating the same cookies that Corrie ate.
Mother:Who's Corrie?
Chris:He was your son and my little brother! And you killed him.
[...]
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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Don't judge it by the book, 9 January 2006
Author: joposa from United States

An earlier review here, one of the few positive reviews of this movie on this site, had one thing wrong, saying that those who read the book would appreciate the movie, and vice-versa. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Having not read the book, I first saw this movie unjaded, and so was able to appreciate it as the sad and tragic story that it is.

The sudden death of a loving husband and father (it appears he may be a little too loving toward the oldest daughter, but the movie doesn't expand on that) leaves the family in despair, so the mother takes the children and herself to her filthy-rich parents' mansion, hoping to inherit the estate from her dying father. Just one little thing: she was long-ago disinherited because she entered into a forbidden marriage, and her father will not grant her an inheritance if he knows the marriage resulted in children, so she and her mother, "The "Grandmother", keep the children hidden in an attic as they await the old man's death, and she tries to win back his approval. The Grandmother is like a cruel warden, treating the children, a teenage boy and girl, and two young twins, boy and girl, like convicted criminals, only worse. The waiting goes on and on, during which the mother is consumed by greed, and emerges as the real villain.

Some readers of the book are indignant that the story was cleaned up for the movie, but that was necessary to make it more watchable to a wider audience. It is still a great and haunting story, reminiscent of the black and white horror flicks of the 1960's ("Whatever Happened To Baby Jane", "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte", etc.). Audiences of the 1980's were not so jaded as today's, and were not ready for incest, especially among sympathetic characters.

Maybe the acting was not first-rate, and some elements, like the climactic ending, a bit campy, but the compelling storyline easily compensates for it, so long as you don't dwell on the few shortcomings, and can't see the forest for the trees.

And the movie has one thing the book hasn't: a memorably haunting, chilling musical score, a perfect compliment to an equally haunting, chilling story.

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