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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:
I Thought It Was Decent, Then Again I Haven't Read The Book... 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, when she was introduced to Virginia C. Andrews, the elderly author said that Swanson was "just as she pictured Cathy".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Mother:[after poisoning her son and telling the children of the death] Cory had pneumonia. The doctors did all they could. There won't be a funeral, he's already been buried.
[leaves silently]
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
I Thought It Was Decent, Then Again I Haven't Read The Book..., 19 May 2007
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Flowers In The Attic", based on the controversial Gothic novel from V.C. Andrews, centers around a widowed mother (Victoria Tennant) who decides to whisk her four children off to live with their grandparents in their isolated mansion. The children consist of Chris, Cathy, and the two younger children, Cory and Carrie. Little do the children know, their mother has essentially given them over to their abusive, religiously-fanatical grandmother (played by Oscar winner Louise Fletcher), and they are locked away in the attic and kept there, while their health deteriorates and they are abused constantly. All the while, their evil mother conspires to receive the inheritance from her own dying father, and plans on starting a completely new life with another man - even if it means murder.

A decent but semi-disturbing film, "Flowers In The Attic" is a strange movie. Keep in mind I haven't read the novel that the film was based upon, so I have no reference between the two (although I've heard numerous times that the film did the book not an ounce of justice). So, without comparing the film and the novel, I thought this movie was pretty effective. The storyline is nicely written here, it's an obscure plot for sure. The script was decent as well, and again I'm not sure how it correlates with the original book. Atmosphere and claustrophobia is consistent in the film as well, it isn't your typical bloody horror flick. Everything has a very Gothic, depressing tone, and the mood here fits everything very well. It's an eerie film, mainly because of the disturbing subject matter and the gloomy atmosphere that is present throughout. The film deals with some heavy issues as well (including incest, among other things), so you may want to be aware of that.

As far as the acting goes here, I thought it was very good. Louise Fletcher (who garnered an Oscar for her stunning performance in the film classic "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest") is terrifying in her performance as the abusive, psychotic grandmother of the children. As if her character isn't scary enough, Fletcher is a very tall woman as well, and her stature and attitude adds to the menacing nature of her character. I thought she carried the film in way of the performances and more notable than the others, but everyone else was good here too. A young Kristy Swanson plays the eldest daughter Cathy, and Victoria Tennant plays the manipulative and evil mother of the four kids. The ending of the film consisted of some good old bittersweet revenge, it's definitely one of those endings that you're likely to remember.

Overall, "Flowers In The Attic" is a good movie. I haven't read the novel, so I don't personally know how it compares to the book. Based on other reviews here, the book apparently blows the film away, but since I've yet to read it, I'm just judging my review on the film alone. It's a decent psychological Gothic horror story about abuse, abandonment, human relationships, and revenge. Personally I thought it was an alright film, and worth watching if it sounds like your cup of tea (although, judging from what I've heard, if you've read the novel, you may be disappointed with it). 6/10.

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