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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 42 wins & 125 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Leonard Woolf's dash from the house in Richmond, leading up to the railway station scene took him through St. John's Churchyard and Sutton Place in Hackney, London (fourteen miles) to Loughborough (one hundred fourteen miles), all in the space of a minute of screentime. A ten second dash through Sutton Place took the best part of day's filming with several antique vehicles parked in the resident's parking bays; a handful of costumed pedestrians; plastic antique covers for concrete lamp posts, and lots of sticky black tape to cover door bells and other modern door furniture. As he races past, we see several Georgian houses with original, and quite rare sash window shutters. Sutton Place was a good choice as a uniform terrace of houses still bearing features of yesteryear. See more »

Goofs

When Louis Waters visits Clarrisa Vaughn, she gives him water with ice and a lemon, in later shots you see neither a lemon or ice, and later you see just a lemon and no ice. See more »

Quotes

[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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Metamorphosis 2
by Philip Glass
Courtesy of Euphorbia Productions, New York, New York
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Best film on the shelves, when I asked....
22 October 2004 | by keith_gSee all my reviews

When I asked him about this one, the young chap in the video rental shop said it was just about the best film on the shelves at the time. I had no idea about it whatsoever and just went with his recommendation. He wasn't wrong - it is impossible to fault at any level: Acting, dialogue, costumes, locations, soundtrack, scenery, settings or storyline.

Films like this don't come along too often - beautifully made in an almost understated way, it relates to no major event or cataclysm, it chronicles no turning-point in history and it poses no worrying conundrum for the future. It is simply a quietly-told story that will criss-cross between various points in time and take you deep into the characters' emotions and portray the effect that they have on their lives. When you have seen and come to understand the events that take place, by the time it concludes it will leave you feeling refreshed and perhaps a little better in touch with the emotions in your own life - just like good films should, but sadly, so rarely do...

Easily 9 out of 10 - If you watch this one, you will not regret the time spent.


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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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