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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.


Chuck Russell


Cathy Cash Spellman (novel), Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »




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


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

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Based on the novel of the same name by Cathy Cash Spellman. See more »


When the candles in the cathedral spontaneously ignite, the puddle of wax at the base of the wick shows that each candle has been burning for longer than they appear to have been burning on screen. See more »


[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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Not that bad
16 April 2001 | by rblizzSee all my reviews

If I had only read the reviews written in this forum I would have thought this movie was another Kevin Costner or John Travolta fiasco. Never have I seen so much intense negative interest in a "really bad" movie.

Before watching "Bless The Child" tonight, my only prior knowledge of it was seeing the trailer a couple of times on TV when the movie was about to be released. And then I only really noticed because the Icon label attached to it seemed to be out of place.

But the movie really wasn't that bad, though it could have used more (much more) focus and better lines and more intensity from the lead actors.

The story is classic good vrs. evil. What seems to have peeved many of the reviewers is that "good," in the form of a little girl (Holliston Coleman), was actually presented as having some real (and quiet) strength for a change. I suppose, in these reviewers jaded view of reality, this seems unrealistic. Besides, in horror movies (you know, the "realistic" kind) the evil thingamabob is always indestructible and just when good manages to triumph -- we find it really didn't. (How dare the "Bless the Child" producers have the gall not to be cliche in this respect!)

So to sum up my feelings. I liked the story (I don't suffer from anti-Catholic bigotry so the charge of being "too Catholic" wasn't a concern). I liked the little girl's acting. I thought Kim Bassinger did a credible job -- though her part lacked some intensity as did Jimmie Smits' part. I thought the Stark character (acted by Rufus Sewell) was well acted and convincingly evil. Miss Ricci's cameo was well done and the special effects were very good. Overall, taking into account my earlier criticism of lack of focus, lack of intensity and a few lines that made me wince -- it was not a bad movie. I would suggest it for those who *do* like a clear cut distinction between good and evil.

And, oh yes. No nudity. Very little profanity and violence that was intense but not overly graphic or gory. (I know -- this crew simply *doesn't* know how to make a "real" horror film, do they?)

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Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada See more »


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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,413,684, 13 August 2000

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