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The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 2003 (USA)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writers:

Michael Cunningham (novel), David Hare (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Virginia Woolf
Julianne Moore ... Laura Brown
Meryl Streep ... Clarissa Vaughan
Stephen Dillane ... Leonard Woolf
Miranda Richardson ... Vanessa Bell
George Loftus George Loftus ... Quentin Bell
Charley Ramm Charley Ramm ... Julian Bell
Sophie Wyburd Sophie Wyburd ... Angelica Bell
Lyndsey Marshal ... Lottie Hope (as Lyndsay Marshal)
Linda Bassett ... Nelly Boxall
Christian Coulson ... Ralph Partridge
Michael Culkin ... Doctor
John C. Reilly ... Dan Brown
Jack Rovello ... Richie
Toni Collette ... Kitty
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In 1951, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel "Mrs. Dalloway". Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard (Ed Harris), a famous author dying of A.I.D.S. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), who's writing the novel mentioned before. Written by Jonas Reinartz <jonas.reinarzt@web.de>

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The time to hide is over. The time to regret is gone. The time to live is now. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In 2014, by coincidence, the three lead actresses all appeared in a movie adaptation of a literary piece in which they wear a wig with a radiant and sharp bobcut for her character; Julianne Moore in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), Meryl Streep in The Giver (2014) and Nicole Kidman in Paddington (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Julia puts her arm under the first stack of papers she removes from her mother's desk the bottom page is accidentally folded under her arm. When the camera angle changes the page is no longer folded. See more »

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[first lines]
Virginia Woolf: [Narrating the letter] Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel I can't go through another one of these terrible times and I shant recover this time. I begin to hear voices and can't concentrate. So, I am doing what seems to be the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I know that I am spoiling your life and without me you could work and you will, I know. You see I can't even write ...
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References The Fly (1986) See more »

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Satyagraha
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Best Movie of 2002.
1 January 2003 | by MCrulzLironSee all my reviews

"The Hours" was the first movie I've seen in 2003. I'm easily going to name it as the best movie of 2002 and something tells me that in 12 months time, I will be saying it's one of the best movies of 2003 as well.

Based on a Michael Cunningham novel, "The Hours" combines a real life story (Virginia Woolf), a re-written one (Laura Brown's interpretation of "Mrs. Dalloway") and an original creation as well (Clarissa Vaughn).

We get three different stories, each fascinating on its own edited together into a complex, intriguing drama that will have you in tears a couple of times before the ending credits start rolling.

What glues the stories together is "Mrs. Dalloway" - the book. Virginia Woolf, a suicidal author in England (1923) creates the character, the novel inspires a lonely housewife in Los Angeles (1951) and a 'trivial' 2001 New York City gay woman is called "Mrs. Dalloway" by her dying friend who points out the similarities between them. Later on, we find out another connection between the characters.

It's clear that the thoughts that have been put into this movie go beyond the screenplay and acting. Things like the settings & clothing for each story help compile a perfect, believable plot.

However, what really left me with awe was the PHENOMENAL acting.

Nicole Kidman (with the word "Oscar" stamped on her forehead) delivers a performance of a lifetime playing a rather difficult role while disguising everything that is usually so associated with her. With a fake nose, a cold, dark and distant attitude and above all a rough change to her voice, Kidman portrays Mrs. Woolf exactly as the writers wanted us to grasp her and manages to be the most outstanding of the three despite getting the least screen time. Absolutely amazing.

Meryl Streep (C. Vaughn, 2001) and Julianne Moore (L. Brown, 1951) give impressive lead performances themselves with memorable emotional scenes. Cameo appearances by Ed Harris, Claire Danse, John C. Riley, Alison Janney & Toni Collette all support this exquisite masterpiece.

MUST SEE. 10/10


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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,622, 29 December 2002

Gross USA:

$41,675,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,846,072
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