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Bless the Child (2000)

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Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. Agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult wanting to harness her abilities.

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Chuck Russell

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Cathy Cash Spellman (novel), Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits ... John Travis
Holliston Coleman ... Cody
Rufus Sewell ... Eric Stark
Angela Bettis ... Jenna
Christina Ricci ... Cheri
Michael Gaston ... Det. Frank Bugatti
Lumi Cavazos ... Sister Rosa
Dimitra Arliss ... Dahnya (as Dimitra Arlys)
Eugene Lipinski ... Stuart
Anne Betancourt ... Maria
Ian Holm ... Reverend Grissom
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Sister Joseph
Matthew Lemche ... New Dawn Kid at Van
Dan Warry-Smith ... New Dawn Kid
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Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, drug content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Izabranica tame See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,413,684, 13 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,374,178, 5 November 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The line, "The devil's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist," is reminiscent of a similar line in another movie of the same genre, End of Days (1999), in which Father Kotak (Rod Steiger) says: "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist". It is also similar to The Usual Suspects (1995), where the line is, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing man that he didn't exist". In fact, that idea goes back to Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867): "La plus belle des ruses du Diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!" (English: "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the homeless man, Eric Stark recites a spell in Hebrew that is later referred to as a "Druid Rune Spell from the 16th century." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman on Bus: [Haitian accent] Did ya see it yet, darlin'?
Maggie O'Connor: Excuse me?
Woman on Bus: Star of Yakov. What they be callin' the Christmas star. Ain't been seen since Bethlehem. And now it's here.
Maggie O'Connor: That's nice.
Woman on Bus: Oh, yes. It's very nice. It's a good sign for all good people. Means someone special come from God. What do ya think 'bout that?
Maggie O'Connor: I don't know, I - I'm not sure I believe in that king of thing.
Woman on Bus: Oh, that don't matter. It's there if you believe or not believe. It don't care.
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References Ghost (1990) See more »

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Weird, dumb, and not entertaining...
4 September 2000 | by Psycho Doughboy 66See all my reviews

After seeing the previews on this movie, my friends and I wanted to see it right away for three reasons: 1) it seemed like it had a very touching plot; 2) the special effects seemed very real; and 3) we love Christina Ricci. So, we decided to see it the Friday it came out. But, when we walked out of the theater, we were laughing our heads off because of how dumb the movie was. First, the plot was not believable, did not move along smoothly, and was generally boring. Yes, the leads act really well, but the plot made them look like chickens running around with their heads off. Second, the effects were mediocre. Although, I did not expect much in the ways of effects in the movie, this was pretty bad. Have you ever seen someone trying to kill someone else with a butter knife?! I have, in this movie! Thirdly, almost the entire preview was spent on Christina Ricci's role. But the length of her on-screen in the movie is equal to the amount of time she is in the trailer. Her role could easily be filled by an extra! Her role had no challenge, hardly any lines and hardly any effect on the movie. So, if you want a good laugh at a stupid, "it's-been-done" movie, or if you have nothing better to do, see "Bless The Child". If not, you would be as disappointed as my friends and I were.


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