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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:
Pathetic See more (155 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)
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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)
 
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:
Cameo: [Virginia C. Andrews]the author of "Flowers In The Attic" appears as a window washer.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:
Carrie Dollanganger:Witches are in there Mama! Witches and Monsters!See more »
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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Pathetic, 31 March 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

I read the book back when I was in college. It was trash but it was GOOD trash. It involves a happy family--a mom, a dad and four kids. The father dies and the mother rapidly runs out of money. She has no choice to ask her parents (who disapproved of the marriage) for help. Her mother agrees but tells her that her children must stay up in the attic--her father doesn't know about them and, if he did, he wouldn't help her. The kids are in the attic for THREE YEARS. And, over time, one of the brothers "discovers" his sister...and the grandmother tortures them almost daily. Those were the big selling points of the book...the incest and kids being tortured. It does have a happy ending though (sort of).

I was one of the "lucky" ones who actually saw this at a theatre back in 1987. The studio snuck it out quietly--I found out why. First, the story was changed. They wanted a PG-13 rating so there's no incest at all--not even suggested. The tortures their grandmother puts them through were softened or eliminated entirely. They aren't up there for three years. And they completely changed the ending (although it WAS great to see the mother get it at the end). All the changes drained the story of any impact it might have had. Acting didn't help--Louise Fletcher is LOUSY as the evil grandmother; Victoria Tennant was even worse as the mother; Kristy Swanson as the oldest daughter overplayed her role a LOT. Only Jeb Stuart Adams as her brother gave a halfway good performance. It was no great piece of acting but pretty OK.

To be fair to the movie, a faithful adaptation of the book would probably be way too grim for a movie (and get an NC-17 rating) but diluting it completely AND adding lousy acting isn't the way to go! Boring, stupid, illogical...a total waste. This deserves a 0. I'm really surprised that some people LIKE this movie!

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