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11 August 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Fear the Darkness. Fight the Evil. Bless the Child. See more »
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Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Someone should have blessed this movie. See more (185 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kim Basinger ... Maggie O'Connor

Jimmy Smits ... Agent John Travis

Holliston Coleman ... Cody O'Connor

Rufus Sewell ... Eric Stark

Angela Bettis ... Jenna O'Connor

Christina Ricci ... Cheri Post

Michael Gaston ... Det. Frank Bugatti

Lumi Cavazos ... Sister Rosa
Dimitra Arliss ... Dahnya (as Dimitra Arlys)

Eugene Lipinski ... Stuart

Anne Betancourt ... Maria

Ian Holm ... Reverend Grissom
Helen Stenborg ... Sister Joseph
Matthew Lemche ... New Dawn Kid at Van
Dan Warry-Smith ... New Dawn Kid

Elisabeth Rosen ... New Dawn Kid
Tony Del Rio ... New Dawn Kid

Nicole Lyn ... New Dawn Kid
Michael McLachlan ... New Dawn Kid

Jonathan Malen ... New Dawn Kid

Vince Corazza ... Reverend's Assistant (as Vincent Corazza)
David Eisner ... Dr. Ben

Gary Hudson ... Maggie's Date
Samantha O'Dwyer ... Cody, 3 Years Old
Nicolas Martí Salgado ... Martin Casillas (as Nicolas Marti Salgado)

Marcia Bennett ... Head Nurse

Peter Mensah ... Good Samaritan Janitor

Yan Birch ... Good Samaritan on Bridge
Alexa Gilmour ... Good Samaritan on Subway
Wanda-Lee Evans ... Woman on Bus (as Wanda Lee Evans)

Cedric Smith ... Pediatric Doctor
Dwayne McLean ... Homeless Man
Brenda Devine ... Woman with Sick Daughter
Lauren Spring ... Daughter

Christopher Redman ... New Dawn Intern
Jovanni Sy ... Code Blue Doctor
Trevor Bain ... Task Force Investigator
Brian Heighton ... Techie
Christopher Marren ... Diner State Trooper (as Chris Marren)

Todd Schroeder ... Diner State Trooper (as Todd William Schroeder)

John Healy ... Diner Local Policeman
Dylan Harman ... Boy in Playground

David Sparrow ... Detective Crawford
Michael Copeman ... Police Lieutenant
Neil Girvan ... Detective
Carol Lempert ... Detective

Kelvin Wheeler ... Detective
Tony Meyler ... Detective
Richard Carmichael ... Task Force Detective
Roman Podhora ... Desk Sergeant
Dean Gabourie ... Alley Officer

Arnold Pinnock ... Alley Officer

Teresa Pavlinek ... Dentist's Receptionist
Jeffrey Caudle ... Boy in Dentist's Chair
Catherine Fitch ... Sister Helena
Neville Edwards ... Pier Cop
John Shepherd ... Mr. Czernik
Norma Edwards ... Mrs. Czernik

Leeza Gibbons ... Herself
Dan Duran ... Reporter
Sandi Stahlbrand ... Reporter
Mia Lee ... Newscaster

Matt Birman ... Upstate Cop

Meredith McGeachie ... Nurse

Henry Alessandroni ... Hospital Cop
Austin Reed ... Baby Cody
Corrina Reed ... Baby Cody
Brianna Reed ... Baby Cody
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lori Berlanga ... Nun (uncredited)
Philip Moran ... Police officer (uncredited)

Brian Steele ... Throne Demon (uncredited)
Jennifer Vey ... Bless Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Russell 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Cathy Cash Spellman (novel)

Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman) and
Clifford Green (screenplay) &
Ellen Green (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... executive producer
Lis Kern .... executive producer
Stratton Leopold .... co-producer
Mace Neufeld .... producer
Robert Rehme .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Menzies Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
 
Art Direction by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
Miles Teves 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter P. Nicolakakos 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Glen Hanz .... sculptor: Captive Audience Productions
Brad Hardin .... makeup effects technician
John Kim .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
Mary Kim .... makeup effects crew: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Louise Mackintosh .... key makeup effects artist
Louise Mackintosh .... key special makeup
Mark Nieman .... special effects makeup lab technician (as Mark Neiman)
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Kim Basinger
Mitchell Stone .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
Adam Brandy .... additional special makeup effects artist: L.A. pick ups (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ray Angelic .... production manager: New York
Nicholas J. Gray .... production manager
Stratton Leopold .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ani Baravyan .... assistant director: second unit
Jim Chad .... trainee assistant director
Raymond J. Duff .... third assistant director: second unit
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director: second unit
Gary Hymes .... second unit director
Jonnie Katz .... second assistant director: second unit
Michal Page .... third assistant director
Matthew H. Rowland .... first assistant director (as Matthew Rowland)
Angela C. Tortu .... assistant director (as Angela Tortu)
Bob Warwick .... assistant director (as Robert Warwick)
Kate Weiss .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Bannister .... key scenic artist
Brom .... conceptual artist
Janet Cormack .... scenic artist
Dennis Davenport .... art director: second unit
Kevin Haeberlin .... on-set dresser
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist
Elis Lam .... set designer
Tim Larsen .... painter
Michael Madden .... set designer
Aleksandra Marinkovich .... third assistant art director
Adolfo Martínez Pérez .... additional concept art
Jae Pak .... assistant art director
Vince Peets .... storyboard artist
Arlindo Vicente .... lead man
Shari Spier .... graphics designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dean Beville .... sound effects editor
Zack Davis .... adr supervisor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Ryan Juggler .... assistant sound editor
Owen Langevin .... production sound mixer
Martin Lopez .... sound effects editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects designer
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Adam Sawelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Erika Schengili-Roberts .... boom operator
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor
Beth Sterner .... supervising sound editor
Tim Tuchrello .... first assistant sound editor
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Dan Yale .... foley editor
Flavio Leocata .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Randy Wilson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects foreman
Al Arthur .... effects lead
Mauricio Baiocchi .... character technical director
Tim Barraball .... special effects technician
Jon G. Belyeu .... wire flying coordinator
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects crew
Shea Clayton .... on set artist
Shea Clayton .... special effects technician
Brent Hartshorn .... texture artist
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Mike Kavanagh .... special effects technician
Joe Littlejohn .... character rigging lead
John MacGillivray .... special effects key
Larry Odien .... animatronic effects
Devorah Petty .... texture artist
Dan Piponi .... research and development
Mark Schreiber .... character technical director
Brian Sipe .... makeup and creature effects supervisor
Bryan Smith .... mold maker
Valek Sykes .... special effects
Jennifer Teves .... production supervisor: Cannom Creations
Keith VanderLaan .... creature effects creator/producer: Captive Audience Productions
Lynn Garrido .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Grady Holder .... lab technician: Captive Audience (uncredited)
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jeremy Beadell .... I/O
George Borshukov .... research and development
Alan Boucek .... compositor
Brigitte Bourque .... digital compositor: Manex Visual Effects
Justin Burdine .... system administrator
Don Canfield .... motion control operator
Chad Carlberg .... digital compositor
David Chisholm .... visual effects coordinator
David M. Chisholm .... visual effects coordinator
J.D. Cowles .... compositor
Tiffany Cullum .... I/O
David 'Grue' Debry .... effects & lighting technical director
Steve Demers .... lighting technical director lead
Nika Dunne .... digital paint & roto artist: Manex
Nousha Emami .... lighting technical director
Matt Farell .... animation lead
Matt Farell .... animation supervisor
Fortunato Frattasio .... digital artist
Dawn Gates .... paint & roto artist
Michael Gay .... 3D artist
Dan Glass .... compositing supervisor
Lesley Headrick .... character animator
Michael Hemschoot .... lead animator
Hillary Hoggard .... paint & roto artist (as Hillary Covey)
Sharon Smith Holley .... visual effects editor
Chris Hurtt .... character animator
Joel Hynek .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Klem .... 3D artist
D. Flint Klingler .... compositor
Ryan Laney .... effects & lighting technical director
Oystein Larsen .... 3D artist
Peter Lepeniotis .... animator
Gregory D. Liegey .... compositing supervisor
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects composite supervisor
Daniel J. Lombardo .... visual effects executive producer
Anthony Mabin .... visual effects compositor: Manex
Ralph Maiers .... in house visual effects supervisor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez
Anthony Mark Viverito .... visual effects editor: Manex Visual Effects
Ray McMillan .... motion control/capture supervisor
Amanda Morrison .... compositor
Jake Morrison .... compositor
Glenn Neufeld .... visual effects supervisor
Grant Niesner .... digital art director
Adrienne Othon .... effects & lighting technical director
Peter Plevritis .... digital effects coordinator
Peter Plevritis .... digital effects supervisor
Rudy Poat .... visual effects
Ann Podlozny .... digital effects coordinator
Brion Porter .... assistant visual effects editor
Thomas Proctor .... digital compositor
Marc D. Rienzo .... compositor: Manex VFX
Jarmila Seflova .... digital artist
Greg Shimp .... paint & roto lead
Russell L. Smith .... effects & lighting technical director
Jonathan F. Styrlund .... visual effects producer: MVFX
Christina Tempelaar-Lietz .... effects & lighting technical director
John Tissavary .... visual effects
Ryan 'RT' Todd .... compositor
Ryan Michael Todd .... digital compositor
Si Duy Tran .... character animator
Jason Wardle .... CG technical director: Manex Visual Effects
Tamara Watts Kent .... visual effects producer
Sean White .... CG artist
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Katie Hecker .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Karen Jine .... visual effects production coordinator (uncredited)
Glenn Neufeld .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Thanh Nguyen .... modeler (uncredited)
Eric Pham .... digital compositor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Deborah Thomas .... digital rotoscoping: Manex (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Belley .... stunts (as Danny Belley)
Marco Bianco .... key stunt rigger
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Debbie Lee Carrington .... stunts (as Deborah Lee Carrington)
Tom Farr .... stunts
Henry Finch .... stunts
Riley Jones .... stunt double
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Kym Kristalie .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
Patrick Mark .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunt performer
Jessica Meyer .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunts
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts (as Brian Thomas)
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Jennifer Vey .... stunts
Len Wagner .... stunts
Wayne Wells .... stunt rigger
Joe Zimmerman .... stunts (as Joe Z. Zimmerman)
Mic Jones .... fire stunt rigger (uncredited)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Kim Basinger (uncredited)
Patrick Mark .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Joe Zimmerman .... stunt double: Travis (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michelle Beaudette .... first assistant camera
Rod Benjamin .... key grip
Nicole Blanchard .... second assistant camera: second unit
David Breeze .... gaffer
Brendan Bresnahan .... key video assist operator
Rocky Brown .... crane grip
Alejandro J. Castillo .... lighting technician: green screen unit
Kate Choi .... lighting director
Federico De Marco .... camera trainee
David Emmerichs .... Steadicam operator
David Emmerichs .... camera operator
Sean P. Fickert .... best boy grip: re-shoots
Michael Flood .... gaffer: second unit
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Greg Grainger .... grip
Tony Guerin .... camera operator
Mark W. Hindle .... video playback operator
Sacha Hindle .... video assistant
Patrick King .... dolly grip: second unit
Steve Kolodziej .... video playback operator
Lux .... lighting technician
Jim MacCammon .... gaffer: second unit
Marty Miller .... best boy grip
Matthew Pill .... key rigging grip
Derick V. Underschultz .... director of photography: second unit
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Robert Vigus .... best boy grip
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator
Nicole Wiwchar .... assistant camera
A. David Burleigh .... video playback assistant (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Andrew Schneider .... animator
 
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Barbara Fiorentino .... casting associate
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Rebecca Mangieri .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Bronfman .... costume assistant
Matthew Campbell .... assistant costume set supervisor
Christina Cattle .... costumer
Brenda Gilles .... costume supervisor
Donna O'Neal .... key set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Robert Brakey .... first assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist
Marisa Morabito .... apprentice editor
David Tarnawsky .... first assistant editor: Canada
Don Thompson .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lars Anderson .... orchestrator
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
John Bell .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Kostas Christides .... orchestrator (as Konstantinos Christides)
Kostas Christides .... score coordinator (as Konstantinos Christides)
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
Lisa Jaime .... music editor: temp music
Erik Jordan .... assistant scoring engineer
Adam Kay .... music editor: temp music
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor: temp music
Flavio Motalla .... score producer
Jasper Randall .... scoring coordinator
David Reynolds .... score coordinator
Graham Walker .... score music production supervisor
Gernot Wolfgang .... scoring assistant
 
Other crew
Michelle Bellerose .... assistant production coordinator
Lori Berlanga .... assistant: Stratton Leopold
Josef Brandmaier .... film consultant
Kenneth Burgomaster .... synthesizer programmer
Jamie Daddio .... assistant accountant
Jill Fischer .... production coordinator: Captive Audience Productions
Mary Fraser .... production coordinator
Katy Genovese .... accountant
Miguel Govea .... publicity consultant
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician
Will Hoddinott .... location manager
Steve Holt .... on-set medic
J. Elizabeth Ingram .... assistant: mr. neufeld (as Elizabeth Ingram)
Carol Keith .... production coordinator: additional photography
Randy Kennedy .... assistant location manager: scout
Janek Lowe .... assistant: Mace Neufeld
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Mark McFadden .... assistant location manager
Brett Miller .... production assistant
Don Miller .... production accountant
Irina Naydichev .... payroll accountant
Anne Paynter .... production coordinator
Karen Pidgurski .... unit publicist
Anna Rane .... script supervisor
Sharon Seto .... epk director
Linda Stelling .... medic
Chris Storey .... assistant location manager: scout
Gene Strange .... first assistant accountant
Miles Teves .... conceptual design
Miles Teves .... key sculptor: Captive Audience Productions
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Jamie Wilson .... assistant location manager
Gerard K. Marino .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for violence, drug content and brief language
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107 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: During the scene in Eric Stark's New York apartment, the Skydome (located in Toronto) can be seen in the window.See more »
Quotes:
Maggie O'Connor:I've never fired a gun before, but I'll bet at this range I'm dead-on.See more »
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References The Lion King (1994)See more »

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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Someone should have blessed this movie., 21 May 2003
Author: JohnnyPhoenix (Johnnyvolume555@hotmail.com) from Ottawa, Canada



Rated: R Runtime: 107mins Release Date: 2000

For Maggie O'Connor a surprise visit from her sister meant much more than catching up on old times. Maggie's sister, being to strung out and confused to do anything more than act crazed, leaves Maggie with something she herself could not conceive, a beautiful baby girl. What Maggie and the rest of the world don't yet know but will find out, is that this baby girl is something even more special than they could ever possibly begin to imagine.

Bless the Child stars the beautiful Kim Bassinger as Maggie O'Connor, a single New York native whose world is completely changed when her long lost younger sister comes to pay her a surprise visit. Maggie's sister has also brought along her daughter Cody, who is seemingly just a beautiful baby girl. But confused and addicted to heroin, Maggie's sister leaves Cody in Maggie's protection. So for the next seven years Maggie raises Cody as her own daughter but finds out that this little girl isn't like most little girls. For instance she has the ability to make things move with her mind and has an unexplainable healing touch. But Maggie isn't the only person who knows that Cody is special, as a matter of fact there has been an underground occult group that have been looking for someone like Cody for the past seven years, believing her to be the savior or destruction of mankind. Eventually they find Cody, and coincidentally at the same time Cody's mother shows up again, clean and sober and married to a famous author and child enthusiast, Eric Stark (an always awesome Rufus Sewell), who isn't quite what he seems. Cody's mother and Stark want Cody back and they will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, to do so. But along to help Maggie get Cody back is special Agent Travis (Jimmy Smits), an expert in the occult field who has been tracking the people that have been looking for Cody for the past seven years. Together the two will travel through hell on earth to get this extraordinary child back.

I'll start off by saying at least this film was much better and had many more thrills than the almost simultaneously released Lost Souls. There are some solid performances by the leads, especially Bassinger, whose acting, much like her beauty, just seems to keep improving with age. Sewell was also notable in his genuinely creepy role as Stark, and has been near the top of my actors list since I first saw him in the astonishing Dark City. I have to give them and Smits kudos because even when the movie starts to drag at least they can be counted on to keep the film worth watching.

Director Chuck Russell makes a good attempt to throw in horror and chills at the right moments and even throws in some great effects such as the Devil's manifestation in to a throne and even a rolling head for fans of a little gore. Also worth mentioning are some genuinely touching scenes added in especially one in which Cody is in the hospital and gives a dying woman a hug and some very kind words. Russell is a good director who has a bright future ahead but he has to learn how to fill in the middle with as much substance as the beginning and end, because I must admit the movie does start to get a little repetitive. Screenplay writers Tom Rickman and Clifford and Ellen Green do a solid job of adapting Cathy Cash Spellman's interesting novel to the big screen. However the storyline is very evident as a cross between Rosemary's Baby and The Omen, which can plainly be seen as a slight lack of originality.

Bless the child is a well crafted horror film with some strong aspects and a great feel, but like so many movies adapted from books there is a little too much talk and not quite enough horror. I do, however, recommend this film because the good qualities do outweigh the bad, and it is one of the better horrors in recent release. Leaving it up to a choice though, you can either go out and watch Winona Ryder bore up Lost Souls, or you can sit back and enjoy beautiful Kim Bassinger Bless the Child.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

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