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The Other (1972)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 26 May 1972 (USA)
A series of gruesome accidents plague a small American farming community in the summer of 1935, encircling two identical twin brothers and their family.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Tom Tryon (screenplay) (as Thomas Tryon), Tom Tryon (novel) (as Thomas Tryon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Uta Hagen ... Ada
Diana Muldaur ... Alexandra
Chris Udvarnoky ... Niles Perry
Martin Udvarnoky Martin Udvarnoky ... Holland Perry
Norma Connolly Norma Connolly ... Aunt Vee
Victor French ... Angelini
Loretta Leversee Loretta Leversee ... Winnie
Lou Frizzell ... Uncle George
Portia Nelson ... Mrs. Rowe
Jenny Sullivan ... Torrie
John Ritter ... Rider
Jack Collins ... Mr. P.C. Pretty
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Chan-yu
Clarence Crow Clarence Crow ... Russell
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Storyline

In the summer of 1935, 12-year-old twins Niles and Holland Perry live with their family on a Connecticut farm. Their loving grandmother Ada has taught them something called "the game." A number of accidents begin happening, and it seems to Niles that Holland is responsible. It is Ada who begins to see the truth, and she is the only one who can stop this macabre game of murder. Written by <harang@cajunnet.com>

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Please don't reveal the secret of The Other. And DO see it from the start. See more »


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Trivia

Actors Victor French and Lou Frizzell would appear again in a film together a couple of years later, "The Nickle Ride" (1974), also directed by Robert Mulligan. See more »

Goofs

When Niles is talking to his mother in the front yard in 1935, a jet plane is heard going overhead. See more »

Quotes

Niles Perry: You killed it, Holland. You killed it!
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Alternate Versions

This voiceover from the broadcast television version (which hasn't aired in years... all recent showings show the true, theatrical version) is said in the final shot, by Niles, as follows:
  • "Holland, the game's over. We can't play the game anymore. But when the sheriff comes, I'll ask him if we can play it in our new home."
  • This voiceover immediately follows Winnie saying "Niles, wash up now." This voiceover, however, cuts off something else that is said by Winnie. In the theatrical version, this voiceover is nonexistent, and Winnie says "Niles, wash up now. Time for lunch." and that is the last line of dialogue spoken in the movie. It is obvious that this ending was especially done for television so that the "bad guy doesn't get away with it." The theatrical version, without this voiceover, implies that Niles never does get caught.
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A disturbing psychological horror film with a twist ending
13 September 2001 | by tommyrocktSee all my reviews

I first saw this film as a child but its images haunted me for many years. This terrifying film has rarely been broadcast since, but was recently shown on American Movie Classics and I found it as frightening as I remembered. It is notable for the performance of the legendary acting teacher, Uta Hagen, whose film and TV appearances are limited but whose teachings are highly regarded in the acting world. Her role as Ada, the Russian grandmother of mysterious twin boys with a terrible secret, is perhaps not one of the great roles in film history, but her performance lends the film a tragic depth which makes the events seem all the more horrible. TV's John Ritter also has a small but important role as another member of the family beset by crises and dire events. And the late Portia Nelson, one of the nuns from THE SOUND OF MUSIC, also makes an appearance. Like many horror films of the 70's, this film sets a child's innocence against a malevolent force but, unlike The Exorcist or The Omen, doesn't involve supernatural elements. The horror is almost entirely psychological and involves the twins' relationship and a grief-stricken family. It would be foolish to give away too many details because the plot twists and shocking ending are so effective, but this film, without explicit violence or gore manages, to make an impact and is a must-see for horror fans.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Angels Camp, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$475,611
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print) | (DVD release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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