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Paperhouse (1988)

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Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers ... See full summary »

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Charlotte Burke ...
Anna Madden
Jane Bertish ...
Miss Vanstone
Samantha Cahill ...
Sharon
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Kate Madden
Sarah Newbold ...
Karen (Anna's school friend)
Gary Bleasdale ...
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Elliott Spiers ...
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Dustman
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Dad Madden
Karen Gledhill ...
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Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A drawing that became a dream. A dream that became reality. See more »

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Paperhouse - Alpträume werden wahr  »

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$241,278 (USA)
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When it was decided two days before the film was theatrically released that the character of Kate should be British, American actress Glenne Headly had to very quickly dub all of her dialogue using an English accent. See more »

Goofs

At the hospital, the chest radiograph that can be seen on the negatoscope is incorrectly positioned. It should be flipped horizontally, so the heart shadow mainly occupies the right half of the image (as if the examiner was in front of the patient). See more »

Quotes

Anna Madden: Is anybody there?
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Requiem
Music by Gabriel Fauré (as Faure)
Performed by Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
Published by Editions Harnelle
Arranged by Stanley Myers (uncredited)
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One of a kind
10 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anna (Charlotte Burke), who is just on the verge of puberty, begins to have strange dreams which start affecting her in real life--especially involving a boy named Mark (Elliott Spiers) who she meets in her dreams.

Very unusual fantasy with some truly terrifying moments. Despite the fact that this is about a teenage girl and has a PG-13 rating, this is NOT for children. Also, if you hate fantasies stay far away. But if you're game for something different this fits the bill.

Well directed by Bernard Rose with a just beautiful music score and a few nice, scary jolts. The only thing that prevents this from being a really great movie is Burke--she's not a very good actress (it's no surprise that this has been her only film) and it hurts the movie. However, everybody else is just great.

Spiers is very good as Mark; Glenne Headley (faking a British accent very well) is also very good as Anna's mother and Ben Cross is both frightening and sympathetic as Anna's father.

A sleeper hit when released in 1988, it's since faded away. That's too bad--it's really very good.


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