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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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Dahnya (as Dimitra Arlys)
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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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omen | fbi | nurse | luminol | easter | 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)

Opening Weekend:

£505,468 (UK) (5 January 2001)

Gross:

ESP 447,559,152 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

The subway station where the attack on Meg takes place is a "ghost" station on the Toronto subway that is used frequently as a stand in for New York subways. The city's film office wanted to leave it set up as a NYC station but the Toronto fire department nixed that idea. The station is below the Bay station on the Bloor line, on the track connecting the Bloor and Yonge lines. At one time trains went from one line to the other - thus the station - but the practice was discontinued because of switching problems. (There is also a "ghost" station beneath the Queen Street station. It was roughed in 1954 for a planned Queen Street subway which never was built.) See more »

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As Maggie and Cody are driving to Vermont it is supposed to be the day before Easter Sunday (March or April) and yet mid-autumn foliage can been seen outside. See more »

Quotes

Woman on Bus: [Haitian accent] Did ya see it yet, darlin'?
Maggie O'Connor: Excuse me?
Woman on Bus: Star of Yakov. What they be callin' the Christmas star. Ain't been seen since Bethlehem. And now it's here.
Maggie O'Connor: That's nice.
Woman on Bus: Oh, yes. It's very nice. It's a good sign for all good people. Means someone special come from God. What do ya think 'bout that?
Maggie O'Connor: I don't know, I - I'm not sure I believe in that king of thing.
Woman on Bus: Oh, that don't matter. It's there if you believe or not believe. It don't care.
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Worse than I ever thought Possible
21 October 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Before I saw this film, I'd never heard of it. When I got to the cinema, I thought I'd try my luck with the unknown and hopefully be pleasantly surprised.

On seeing the names 'Kim Bassinger' and 'Jimmy Smits' in the opening credits

  • I almost made a bolt for the door. Unfortunately, I stayed. It turned out


to be the worst movie that I have ever been to at a cinema. Perhaps in 50 years time, people will be talking about it in the same vein as 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.'

As far as woefulness goes - this film had everything:

  • A terrible, terrible script with more clichés than you can poke a stick at


(sorry)

  • Boring, shallow characters: made worse by embarrassingly inept acting (to


be expected from Bassinger but surely Christina Ricci can do better!)

  • Pathetic visual effects




  • Pointless, brainless, talentless, lifeless script (just to emphasise the


point!).

My advice to anyone thinking of seeing this film is to go with a group of friends. You will then have a great time outwitting each other with wisecracks. Otherwise - save your money and stay home.


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