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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 »
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Just re-watched this the other day See more (157 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
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)
 
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:
According to Kristy Swanson, she and Louise Fletcher received scripts for "Petals on the Wind" (the next book in the series) but the film never got off the ground. Swanson has described it as "all sex".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the beginning of the film, Chris walks in on Cathy in the bathtub. Her hair goes from long & dry to wet from one scene to the next.See more »
Quotes:
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]
Chris:Cathy!
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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Just re-watched this the other day, 24 February 2008
Author: bujinbudoka from United States

As a young child I remember my mother watching this movie and having the titles in book form. V.C. Andrews book, when I read it myself wasn't that bad, actually it was very good! Sadly as in most cases the movie just wasn't as good as the book.

The story revolves around a family who at one time was very happy indeed. However as this movie shows they hit hard times. I won't say how because that would give away major plot points for you. After these unhappy turn of events they, I mean the four children and their mother, all have to return in poverty and destitution to their grandmother's home for help. The mother has a plan to win back her father's love to inherit a fortune the likes the kids had never dreamed. When the group enters the grounds of the ornate mansion we are treated to the main villain of the movie....Grandmother, and her bodyguard/servant John The Butler. Needless to say Grandmother is less than thrilled to see her daughter after umpteen years and bringing four unwanted "Spawn of the Devil" with her. This, sadly is what she refers to them as.

Grandmother, as she is called is played wonderfully by Louise Fletcher. Granted I'm a fan of Kristy Swanson, but this is a movie made before she really got good roles such as Buffy. However this movie has only Mrs. Fletcher to lean back upon as the ONLY person who really CAN act.

Grandmother makes life hell for the children, and punishes the mother for leaving with her husband years earlier. Eventually Mother as she is referred to tells the children of an attic above their room. For months they use this place to escape the harsh reality around them. As time continues pressing on they realize Mother doesn't love them as much as they had originally thought, and decide its time once and for all to make a break for it.

The movie is very depressing, and I think this is what the film is supposed to do. I believe the director wanted you to feel as they did, hopeless and trapped in that attic as the kids were. For that I give it a 5/10, because in some areas it does succeed, and Mrs. Fletcher's acting really does get you angry at her character. Otherwise I count off for bad-acting, scenes which made no sense at times, and plot points which were utterly useless (the list of rules which was never expounded upon, certain other key moments as well) if you watch you'll understand what I mean. Also the time frame for which these events took place also seem out of order, which if I remember correctly were very detailed in the book.

To me its good for a one time watch but there are better movies which succeed at doing what this one tries to do. I re-watched it the other day and remembered it being very good when I was younger. However now it seems more like a straight-to-video diatribe which I could've easily bypassed completely.

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