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Flowers in the Attic (2014)

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After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

Director:

Deborah Chow

Writers:

Virginia C. Andrews (based upon the novel by) (as V.C. Andrews), Kayla Alpert (teleplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Corrine
Ellen Burstyn ... Grandmother
Kiernan Shipka ... Cathy
Mason Dye ... Christopher
Ava Telek ... Carrie
Maxwell Kovach ... Cory
Dylan Bruce ... Bart Winslow
Chad Willett ... Dad
Beau Daniels ... Mr. Foxworth
Laura Jaye ... Female Guest
John Emmet Tracy ... Male Guest
Don Thompson ... Conductor
BJ Harrison ... Sarah
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Police Officer
Andrew Kavadas ... John
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Based on V.C. Andrews' controversial cult-classic novel, "Flowers in the Attic" tells the story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are coerced to stay hidden in the attic of their ruthless grandmother. Written by karink

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Dylan Bruce (Bart Winslow) stars in the tv series Midnight, Texas (2017-2018) along with Jason Lewis--who plays Christopher in If There Be Thorns (2015)and Seeds of Yesterday (2015)....the final two films in this series. See more »

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When Christopher cuts Cathy's hair because there is tar in it, the tar magically disappears when Cathy asks if he thinks she's pretty, then reappears as he continues to cut. See more »

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Grandmother: [to Christopher] Take off your shirt, boy.
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Followed by Petals on the Wind (2014) See more »

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'Le Cygne' from Le Carnaval des Animaux
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Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Blond on Blonde
28 January 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

An idealized, idyllic and seemingly wealthy 1950s family of six is suddenly hit with great tragedy. Stripped of their material goods, the family must move into an isolated Gothic mansion. In Virginia, "Foxworth Hall" matriarch Ellen Burstyn (as Olivia) gives them a frosty welcome. She insists the "four beautiful children with blonde hair and porcelain skin" must live in the attic, because their ailing grandfather disapproves of their existence. Conniving mother Heather Graham (as Corrine Foxworth-Dollanganger) hopes to inherit her father's estate, but must keep her children a secret until the old man dies. Increasingly neglected in the attic, the eldest children struggle to care for the younger twins as skeletons fall out of the mansion's closets...

Ending with awkward abruptness, this is the first in a series of "Lifetime" TV movies based on Virginia C. Andrews' popular stories. A previous feature film cut subplots involving incest from the story, but this version includes the incestuous feelings. The "taboo" subject was an important part of the original novel, but it doesn't translate well. When we first see two of the characters in question, they have clearly experienced the "body changing" developments latter referred to in the script. They talk about school and appear at a well-attended party (unlike the novel). Since sexual interest has begun, their attraction is more difficult to accept. In most school settings, the top physical condition of these two would not go unnoticed by most classmates...

Attractively proportioned co-stars Kiernan Shipka (as Cathy) and Mason Dye (as Christopher) handle the leading roles better than expected. Still, when he gives her a cool "punk" hairstyle, we wonder who cuts and shaves Mr. Dye's always neatly trimmed hair. The young stars and director Deborah Chow excel in reaction shots. In the supporting roles, Ms. Graham and Ms. Burstyn are engaging. Graham's character is cast to the wind, unfortunately; to really impress, she needed a couple more scenes. Possibly at her own insistence, Burstyn's character is more fully realized; this actress brings something extra to the role and is more intuitive about the medium. The six producers had to be happy with art/set direction and Miroslaw Baszak's photography.

****** Flowers in the Attic (1/18/14) Deborah Chow ~ Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye, Ellen Burstyn, Heather Graham


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18 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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