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The Hours (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  14 February 2003 (USA)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.



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In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. Written by Jonas Reinartz <jonas.reinarzt@web.de>

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Three Different Women. Each Living a Lie. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las horas  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$338,622 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$3,246,655 (Japan) (4 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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(Kodak Theatre / 23 March 2003) When Nicole Kidman ascended the stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar from presenter Denzel Washington, co-star Ed Harris played the role of "seat-filler" when he occupied the vacant seat beside Kidman's mom for the duration of her acceptance speech. See more »


When Clarissa is preparing the food for the party she is wearing a pair of green gloves. When Louis Water is telling her his story, Clarissa has taken one glove off and then in a next shot, when Louis Waters, leaves the house, Clarissa is still wearing the pair of gloves. See more »


Richard Brown: We want everything, don't we?
Clarissa Vaughn: I suppose we do.
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Best film on the shelves, when I asked....
22 October 2004 | by (Cambridgeshire, UK) – See all my reviews

When I asked him about this one, the young chap in the video rental shop said it was just about the best film on the shelves at the time. I had no idea about it whatsoever and just went with his recommendation. He wasn't wrong - it is impossible to fault at any level: Acting, dialogue, costumes, locations, soundtrack, scenery, settings or storyline.

Films like this don't come along too often - beautifully made in an almost understated way, it relates to no major event or cataclysm, it chronicles no turning-point in history and it poses no worrying conundrum for the future. It is simply a quietly-told story that will criss-cross between various points in time and take you deep into the characters' emotions and portray the effect that they have on their lives. When you have seen and come to understand the events that take place, by the time it concludes it will leave you feeling refreshed and perhaps a little better in touch with the emotions in your own life - just like good films should, but sadly, so rarely do...

Easily 9 out of 10 - If you watch this one, you will not regret the time spent.

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