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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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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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The title of the book Richard wrote is "The Goodness of Time". It's visible on the cover in scenes where Louis Waters reads it in Clarissa's apartment. See more »


Prior to Clarissa's party setup there are plain-backed folding chairs stacked against wall near the front door. After the party has been setup all of the chairs have bamboo backs. See more »


Laura Brown: It's a terrible thing, to outlive your entire family.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »


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25 April 2004 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

"The Hours" is an extremely intelligent movie. It's deep and sensitive and the script is something different for a change. The acting couldn't get any better. EVERY role was casted perfectly. I never really liked Nicole Kidman but she is a fantastic actress and at the moment she just chooses the right roles. She definitely deserved the Oscar. Juliane Moore is amazing, too. I wonder if there is any genre she can't do. And then, there's Meryl Streep. Will this woman ever stop being great? I mean after all the great movies she's been in in the 80's, she's still making exceptional films such as "Adaptation" and "The Hours", whereas other actors who were great 10 years ago pretty much lost it today *cough*Pacino*cough*DeNiro*cough, cough*. The director did a wonderful job and the score is another big plus of this movie. The haunting music underlines the depressing all around atmosphere and lets one feel how miserable these main characters are all the time. At times I felt like these women's sadness was explained too little, though. Maybe that's manly ignorance but I couldn't totally figure out why Juliane Moore's character was so depressed all the time. It was a little annoying that she never stopped crying and you couldn't tell why. I paid attention and I did try reading between the lines but that was a mystery to me. Probably just a personal problem. All in all I think this is the 2nd best movie of 2003's Oscar movies (1st being "The Pianist", 3rd "About Schmidt").

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