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Our Mother's House (1967)

When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...

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Jack Clayton

Writers:

Jeremy Brooks (screenplay by), Haya Harareet (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Charlie Hook
Margaret Leclere ... Elsa (as Margaret Brooks)
Pamela Franklin ... Diana
Louis Sheldon Williams Louis Sheldon Williams ... Hubert
John Gugolka John Gugolka ... Dunstan
Mark Lester ... Jiminee
Phoebe Nicholls ... Gerty (as Sarah Nicholls)
Gustav Henry Gustav Henry ... Willy
Parnum Wallace Parnum Wallace ... Louis
Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Quayle
Claire Davidson Claire Davidson ... Miss Bailey
Anthony Nicholls ... Mr. Halbert
Annette Carell ... Mother
Gerald Sim ... Bank Clerk
Edina Ronay ... Doreen
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When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears... Written by Allen Dace

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We know a secret -- We won't tell. For if we tell, We'll go to hell. See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Todas as Noites às Nove See more »

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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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"Our Mother's House" marked the second of five collaborations between director Jack Clayton and noted French soundtrack composer Georges Delerue, who had previously written the score for Clayton's The Pumpkin Eater (1964). After an interval of 16 years, they reunited for Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), although the production was troubled, with Disney forcing Clayton to replace Delerue's original music (which was considered 'too dark') with a new score by James Horner. Delerue went on to compose the music for Clayton's last two projects, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987),and the TV movie Screen Two: Memento Mori (1992), which was broadcast a month after Delerue's death. See more »

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Another excellent film by Jack Clayton
1 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Seven children continue in "Our Mother's House" after she dies in this 1967 film starring Dirk Bogarde, Pamela Franklin, and Mark Lester, and directed by Jack Clayton. A very ill, religious woman, the mother of seven, dies suddenly at home. Her children, afraid of being separated, bury her in the garden and continue to live as if nothing had happened, forging her monthly annuity check. One day, their long-absent father (Bogarde) reappears.

Based on a novel by Julian Gloag, Haya Harareet (Heston's Ben Hur co-star) and Jeremy Brooks fashioned an excellent screenplay, beautifully directed by Jack Clayton, a true master (The Innocents, The Pumpkin Eater). With a dark, spooky atmosphere inside a big old house, he creates the world in which the children live, one where they care for one another, pray, and communicate nightly with their mother. When Charlie Hook, their father arrives, that all changes, and the world comes rushing in. At first, Charlie is what is needed - his presence means they're safe from the outside world, but gradually, even his supporters among the children begin to see that he's a danger.

Clayton manages to bring in an incestuous undertone without overtly showing any incest - in the days when directors needed to adhere to certain codes, they called upon their imaginations. It made film more subtle and definitely more interesting to watch.

The acting is superb. Bogarde is in top form as the at first lovable Charlie, who, as he does in "The Servant," gradually becomes more sinister. Pamela Franklin is marvelous as Diana, one of the older children; all of the children are excellent - Clayton was no stranger to directing children, and his deft hand is shown here.

Perhaps not a well-known film in the U.S., "Our Mother's House" will make a lasting impression.


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