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Bless the Child (2000)

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. Agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult wanting to harness her abilities.

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Det. Frank Bugatti
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Sister Rosa
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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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fbi | nurse | satanic cult | omen | cult | See All (108) »

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

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11 August 2000 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,413,684 (USA) (13 August 2000)

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$29,374,178 (USA) (5 November 2000)
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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 City subways. The city's film office wanted to leave it set up as a New York City 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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There's an AWARD BIOS SETUP screen visible on the computer that the FBI detective turns off. There's no reason for him to be there and he shouldn't even be able to get to it on a NYPD network. See more »

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[first lines]
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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References While You Were Sleeping (1995) See more »

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Composed by Philip A. Scheib (as Philip Scheib)
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Reprehensible and irresponsible
6 January 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

About mid-way through the wretched "Bless The Child", Kim Basinger has schemed--off-camera--to kidnap her pre-teen niece from THE DENTIST'S OFFICE where the gifted tyke has been taken by a devil cult (I kid you not). She pulls up in a car driven by a man who we in the audience have not been introduced to. After the plan goes mostly awry, the poor guy schlepping Kim around in the car gets his eyes poked out with knitting needles. Both of 'em! Count 'em, one--two. There is never again any mention of this poor fellow, no shock or remorse from anybody. He appears, gets killed and all memory of him vanishes. This is a tell-tale sign of what's generally wrong with "Bless The Child". It has been cursed by bad judgment from the get-go, and all its flashy bits and pieces completely fail to come together. I've seen episodes of "Gilligan's Island" that were scarier. * from ****


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