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Bless the Child (2000)

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 willing to do anything to gain them.

Director:

Chuck Russell

Writers:

Cathy Cash Spellman (novel), Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... Sister Joseph
Matthew Lemche ... New Dawn Kid at Van
Dan Warry-Smith ... New Dawn Kid
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Storyline

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 City 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, F.B.I. 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 ...

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Mankind's last hope just turned six. See more »


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

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Trivia

The bridge where the car "accident" takes place is actually the Blue Water Bridge between Point Edward, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan. It was being "twinned" at the time, so the whole bridge was closed down for repairs, and was available for uninterrupted filming. The scenery shots of New York City were then placed in the background, but people who grew up there recognize the shores as being Point Edward and Port Huron, respectively, not New York City. See more »

Goofs

Druids did not cast black magic spells, and lived around the 10th 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 End of Days (1999) See more »

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Vultures
Composed by Philip A. Scheib (as Philip Scheib)
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Well crafted movie that allows you see the good...
10 August 2001 | by marlexSee all my reviews

Bless the Child was a good movie. I have to admit that when this movie came to theatres, it was one of the few times that negative reviews kept me from seeing a movie. After watching the DVD last night, I was kicking myself for missing a chance to see this movie a year earlier.

Bless the child is full of new or unknown actors, but reguardless it is well acted... Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits both play their parts well and the script and their acting allows the viewer to see something that may be chemistry building between the two, but doesn't throw it in our faces. The problem with most movies of this type is that the villian is flat and poorly acted... That is not the case in Bless the Child. Rufus Sewell does an excellent job portraying the evil Eric Stark. Although she has a nominal part in the movie, Angela Bettis played the part of Maggies drug-addicted sister so well, I was absolutely hating her. Even with all of this, the movie would not be what it is without the superb acting of Holliston Coleman who plays 6-year-old Cody. At 7, Holliston has more ability than many adult actors. She definately has a future.

The story and directing were both done well. Although it is not the most original story line, it is done a different way. Rarely, if ever, is the force of good allowed to manifest itself in a visible presence. In Bless the Child, however, the good can be seen along with the evil. Although I not by any means a very religious person, this struck a cord with me. There's a sense of hope within this growing evil... The world may just have a chance, not because a big guy with a big gun blew away Satan... no, because there is good out there. The battle between good and evil does have two sides... It's just nice to be able to see the good for a change.

The special effects are also good in this movie. It is by far a special effects movie, but they are used in a smart fashion to provide a glimpse at the battle that goes on all around us, although we don't see it... Only the rat bedroom sequence left me somewhat disappointed, the rest provided a eery mood to the film.

Bless the Child is a great film for what it is and maybe be known as the starting point to the great career of Holliston Coleman. 8/10

Although it may not be a perfect movie,


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$29,381,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,443,010
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2.39 : 1
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