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The Others
Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan




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THE OTHERS begins with a close-up of a woman screaming. By the time this intense film ends, everyone watching it will be screaming and gasping. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a woman raising two children by herself in a creepy mansion. World War II is over, but Grace's husband never returned. Meanwhile, the two children, Anne and Nicholas, must constantly stay in the dark because they are deathly allergic to light. Then one day three people show up to take over for Grace's disappeared staff, and trouble starts to brew. The odd trio--an aging nanny, an elderly gardener, and a young mute girl--seems to have a slightly different agenda than Grace and the children do. But when Anne starts talking to strange, unseen people, the scares start building to an incredible climax. Alejandro Amenábar's highly stylized English-language debut is one of the better haunted-house films of the past few years. Not only did Amenábar write and direct the film but he composed the eerie music as well. Nicole Kidman is outstanding as the overprotective mother trying to save her children, while Fionnula Flanagan excels as the nanny with a deep, dark secret. Because the children must remain in darkness, Grace must lock every door behind her, to make sure that the children don't accidentally enter a brightly lit room; it is a marvelous horror-film device that Amenábar uses to perfection.

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Overview

THE OTHERS begins with a close-up of a woman screaming. By the time this intense film ends, everyone watching it will be screaming and gasping. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a woman raising two children by herself in a creepy mansion. World War II is over, but Grace's husband never returned. Meanwhile, the two children, Anne and Nicholas, must constantly stay in the dark because they are deathly allergic to light. Then one day three people show up to take over for Grace's disappeared staff, and trouble starts to brew. The odd trio--an aging nanny, an elderly gardener, and a young mute girl--seems to have a slightly different agenda than Grace and the children do. But when Anne starts talking to strange, unseen people, the scares start building to an incredible climax. Alejandro Amenábar's highly stylized English-language debut is one of the better haunted-house films of the past few years. Not only did Amenábar write and direct the film but he composed the eerie music as well. Nicole Kidman is outstanding as the overprotective mother trying to save her children, while Fionnula Flanagan excels as the nanny with a deep, dark secret. Because the children must remain in darkness, Grace must lock every door behind her, to make sure that the children don't accidentally enter a brightly lit room; it is a marvelous horror-film device that Amenábar uses to perfection.

Main Cast & Crew

Alejandro Amenabar - Director
Nicole Kidman
Fionnula Flanagan
Alakina Mann
James Bentley
Christopher Eccleston
Eric Sykes
Elaine Cassidy
Renee Asherson

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398134732
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (thematic elements and frightening moments)
  • Release Date: May 2002

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Movies > Horror/Suspense

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Theatrical release: August 10, 2001

Reviews:
"...An absorbing ghost story with a twist ending of SIXTH SENSE proportions..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 08/01/2001 Box Office, p.56


"...A luxuriously old-fashioned star vehicle custom fit to its topliner's strengths, which come across to sensational effect....A delicious goose-pimpler..." - 08/13/2001 Variety, p.43-52


"...The movie has a busy, throttling intensity that takes off from the elegant fury of Kidman..." - 08/17/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.44-5


"...Mr. Amenabar's command of the syntax of fright is impressive....Ms. Kidman embodies this unstable amalgam with a conviction that is in itself terrifying..." - 08/10/2001 New York Times, p.E1


"...Kidman is rage to the sixth power....Masterfully shot..." - 08/10/2001 USA Today, p.6E


"...Elegantly and deliberately made, reeking of mood and creepiness, it relishes its atmosphere of genteel menace..." - 08/10/2001 Los Angeles Times, p.2


"...Amenabar's expert script rings enough changes on genre conventions to keep aficionados guessing....[A] terrific thriller..." - 11/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.53-4


"...Plainly there is more going on here than meets the eye....Sit back and enjoy the deliciously clammy chills..." - 12/01/2001 Total Film, p.88-9


"Ms. Kidman plays her role with impressive intensity." - 12/17/2010 Wall Street Journal


"Nicole Kidman delivers maybe the best performance of her career as a mother of two young children who will do anything to protect her children..." - 05/18/2020 Chicago Sun-Times

 

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