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Our Mother's House (1967)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 14 September 1967 (UK)
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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The children's story that is not for children... See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Three of the seven juvenile actors and actresses who play the Hook children, Margaret Leclere (Elsa), Pamela Franklin (Diana), and Phoebe Nicholls (Gerty), went on to further success and developed enduring movie and television careers as adults. Mark Lester also had later successes, most famously in the title role in Oliver! (1968). He gave up acting in the early 1980s and became an osteopath, but returned to movies after more than thirty years to play the role of King Harold II in 1066 (????). See more »

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Captures the Viewer and doesn't let him go
20 June 2004 | by Thorsten_BSee all my reviews

From the first scene of the film one can already tell that there is fine cinematography. We see a girl walking the street of a suburban part of London and immediately one knows that this is a film different to many others – it's slow, it's silent, and still it's intriguing and exciting. Accompanied by an equally great musical score by Georges Delerue, Jack Claytons direction is outstanding. He presents eight children whose sick mother passes away one morning. Upon their close relationship on the one and their fear of being torn apart from each other at the other side, the children decide to keep on living `normally', as if their mother was still alive. They manage to keep up a cover story for teachers and neighbors while their relationship gets even closer. As expectable with children these age (ranging from, I'd guess, ages 3 to 12), they create their rituals (the German translation of the title is `Every evening at 9 o'clock') and manage to find a way to keep in touch with their world `before' – when the beloved mother was still live. They achieve that aim by mixing up religious belief with their childrenlike, yet never naïve `rationality'. But of course, their secret cannot be kept forever… or can it? Dirk Bogarde is great in his role because he convincingly shows the two sides of his character: Loving at one part, but altogether selfish. But credits must go to the incredible cast of children whose performances draw the viewer into the story and force him to stay there. It is one of those rare films were the audience develops real sympathy for the figures. The ending, though probably not all too surprising, is the highlight of the picture and contains a great deal of melancholy. One wonders how the story would continue – but on the other hand, everything that needs to be said is said. As other comments already stated, not a film for children, but one of the best film about children ever made; it's goal was to achieve an insight into the world of a childs mind, and it succeeds brilliantly.


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