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Bless the Child (2000)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  11 August 2000 (USA)
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Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one ... See full summary »

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Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child... Written by Anonymous

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Fear the Darkness. Fight the Evil. Bless the Child. See more »


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Rated R for violence, drug content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£505,468 (UK) (5 January 2001)

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ESP 447,559,152 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The line "the devils greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist" is a reference to a similar line in another movie of the same Genre, End of Days (1999). In which Father Kovak (Rod Steiger) says: "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist". It is also a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995) where the line is "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing man that he didn't exist" shows up. In fact, that sentence goes back to Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867): "La plus belle des ruses du Diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!" (English: "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." See more »

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A man pours gasoline all over himself and lights a match. He holds the lit match inches in front of him, yet it does not ignite the gasoline. See more »

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Cherry: She's special, you know that don't you? That's why they want her.
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Do Basinger and Ricci have twin sisters?
9 September 2000 | by (Spokane, Washington) – See all my reviews

They must, because I can't believe respected actresses would put their reputations on the line by appearing in this movie.

Let's start at the beginning... the opening credits consist of the camera circling a statue for several minutes. Does the statue have some relevance to the story? Not that I could tell. The basic plot could have been salvaged by writing dialogue that didn't sound like a cross between a Movie of the Week and a soap opera. The details, however, seem to have no impact on the direction of the story: each scene makes some sense in itself, but most make very little sense when viewed as part of a whole. Characters come and go at random - one minute Christina Ricci is there, the next she isn't. Every character is one-dimensional and none of the acting convinced me in the least. It seems like each actor was given a single facial expression to use throughout the whole film.

One scene involving Basinger's character asleep at her computer epitomized the made-for-TV nature of this movie for me... it starts out spooky enough, but then the writer destroys it by turning it into something you'd see on a sitcom.

I got enough Mystery Science Theater-style entertainment from this movie that I don't regret paying $3.75 for it, but I would kick myself if I'd seen it in the evening. At least now I can finally see BATTLEFIELD EARTH: if I can take this, I can take anything.


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