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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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$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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When the candles in the cathedral ignite together, the camera pulls back and Maggie's shirt can be seen blowing, as if the candles were in fact being blown out, and film was run backwards. See more »

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In the scene with the homeless man, Eric Stark recites a spell in Hebrew that is later referred to as a "Druid Rune Spell from the 16th century." See more »

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Cherry: About a year ago, they started hunting children.
Maggie O'Connor: What does this have to do with Cody?
Cherry: They believe she's the one they have been looking for. She's going to lead people to God, Maggie. Eric is going to try to change her, and if not...
Maggie O'Connor: Slaughter of the Innocents.
Cherry: Do you promise to get her out of there? And get out as fast you can?
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Biblical plagiarism lacking a purpose.
2 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is not a well done religious thriller.

Twenty minutes after the movie starts I'm still waiting for it to begin. The writers of this script incoherenty piece it together leaving you constantly wondering what the purpose of this child is. "Bless the Child".....for what reason?

They have taken a first century plot recorded in the Gospels - moved it to the year 2000 - replaced Jesus with a young girl - copied events and conversations from the Bible (word for word in some cases) called it their script... and the purpose of the child? I really don't know.

This movie lacks originality and takes itself much too seriously.

GONG !!!!!!!!!


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