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At Theaters: 8/10/2001 On Video: 5/14/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329920
Studio: Dimension Films
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On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace has been raising her two young children alone in a beautiful, cavernous, Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe. But they are not safe. Not anymore.
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Thriller Suspense - A genuinely scary movie without all the gory killing. "The Others" should appeal to adults who have longed for a scary movie that's not targeted at teens.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nicole Kidman MOULIN ROUGE, EYES WIDE SHUT, PRACTICAL MAGIC
Fionnula Flanagan WAKING NED DEVINE
Christopher Eccleston ELIZABETH
Eric Sykes THE LIQUIDATOR
Elaine Cassidy FELICIA'S JOURNEY
Wri/Dir: Alejandro Amenabar ABRE LOS OJOS
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Only one very mild profanity is spoken.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "The gimmicks, in the end, are too arbitrary to tie together in a memorably haunting fashion, though they do culminate in a Big Twist, a nifty one that almost -- but not quite -- makes you want to see the movie again.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "But for a stylish attention-getter, the movie eventually wears you out without offering that much. It's too easy to be ahead of what's going to happen — and that's even if you haven't spent time reading Internet spoilers that make sport of leaking Hollywood endings.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "
The director has the patience to create a languorous, dreamy atmosphere, and Nicole Kidman succeeds in convincing us that she is a normal person in a disturbing situation. But in drawing out his effects, the director is a little too confident that style can substitute for substance. As our suspense was supposed to be building, our impatience was outstripping it.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "The directors attempt to tell a classic uncanny tale, in which goosebumps take precedence over gore and whiz-bang special effects, is commendable. But the fact that the big surprise is so obvious makes the deliberate pacing seem painfully slow, and Kidman's prissy accent and tight-lipped performance are more than a little grating.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 198 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
19
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
39
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
36
High
97%
30+Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
78%
30+Adults (F)
52
Fairly High
83%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

The opinions didn't come in quite as high as I had expected. The slow pace of the movie seemed to be the biggest problem. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL HAUNTED HOUSE MOVIE! It's a slow moving drama with some great acting and an unusual story about a haunted house. There are virtually no special effects and no horror scenes.

Most people enjoyed "The Others," but not a very high percentage loved it. The relatively high number of "Good/Avg." and lower opinions, makes this a bit risky to strongly recommend. If the slow pace of the movie isn't a big turn off, then I would say your chances of enjoying "The Others" are pretty good.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A very entertaining "adult" scary movie, that doesn't rely on killing and gore to make it scary, like most "teen" films of this genre do. The pace may be a bit too slow for those used to traditional "horror" films. But, this movie's really not for them. I believe it will have wider appeal than to just fans of scary movies. Most everyone should enjoy "The Others."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace (Nicole Kidman) has been raising her two young children alone in a beautiful, cavernous, Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe.

But they are not safe. Not anymore.

When three new servants arrive to replace the ones that inexplicably disappeared, startling, supernatural events begin to unfold. Grace's daughter reveals she has been communicating with unexplained apparitions. At first, Grace is reluctant to believe in her children's frightening sightings, but soon, she too begins to sense that intruders are at large.

Who are these numinous trespassers? And what do they want from Grace 's family? In order to discover the truth, Grace must abandon all of her fears and beliefs and enter the otherworldly heart of the supernatural.
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