Bless the Child

Bless the Child

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Director: Chuck Russell

Cast: Chuck Russell, Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Holliston Coleman

     
 

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In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable to care for her properly, she turns Cody over to her sister, psychiatric nurse Maggie O'Connell (Kim Basinger). Maggie raises Cody as her own, but when the child (now played by Holliston Coleman) turns six, Jenna and her… See more details below

Overview

In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable to care for her properly, she turns Cody over to her sister, psychiatric nurse Maggie O'Connell (Kim Basinger). Maggie raises Cody as her own, but when the child (now played by Holliston Coleman) turns six, Jenna and her new husband Eric (Rufus Sewell) forcibly take back the child. Maggie believes Jenna and Eric are not fit parents, but when she takes the matter up with detective John Travis (Jimmy Smits), they discover that a number of children born on the same day as Cody have also been abducted recently. Even worse, it seems that Cody may now be in the hands of Satanists who, in accordance with Biblical prophecy, believe the little girl may be mankind's last line of defense against ultimate evil. Based on a novel by Cathy Cash Spellman, Bless the Child also stars Christina Ricci and Ian Holm.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A taut supernatural thriller that unfolds in contemporary urban settings, Bless the Child pits Academy Award winner Kim Basinger against dark forces plotting world domination. Basinger plays a devoted nurse whose drug-addled younger sister gives birth to an autistic baby girl and then abandons her, leaving Basinger to raise the child. At the age of six, her adopted daughter (adorable Holliston Coleman) manifests unnatural abilities that convince cult leader Rufus Sewell that she is his sect's long awaited "chosen one." Director Chuck Russell (Nightmare on Elm Street 3) ratchets up the suspense by having Sewell kidnap the young girl for participation in an unholy ritual. Basinger's pursuit of the child generates many tense moments, culminating in a climactic confrontation that unleashes demonic powers. Russell's skillful steering of inherently melodramatic situations keeps Bless the Child from drifting off course. Jimmy Smits contributes a fine performance as an FBI agent steeped in occult lore, Ian Holm is predictably effective as a renegade clergyman, and Christina Ricci is superb as a frightened cultist who risks her life to help Basinger. The DVD features audio commentaries by Russell and effects supervisor Joel Hynek, plus interviews with the cast and crew members, and theatrical trailers.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Bless the Child is an ecumenical suspense story, directed by Chuck Russell with an attempt at the hushed elegance of The Sixth Sense. Despite a few chills, the movie is more like The Exorcist or The Omen with a happy face drawn on its soul -- the first suspense film of the Touched by an Angel era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
UPC:
0097363279631
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Basinger Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits John Travis
Holliston Coleman Cody
Rufus Sewell Eric Stark
Angela Bettis Jenna
Christina Ricci Cheri
Michael Gaston Bugatti
Lumi Cavazos Sister Rosa
Dimitra Arliss Dahnya
Eugene Lipinski Stuart
Anne Betancourt Maria
Ian Holm Reverend Grissom

Technical Credits
Chuck Russell Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Davey Executive Producer
Clifford Green Screenwriter
Ellen Green Screenwriter
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Alan Heim Editor
Lis Kern Executive Producer
Elis Lam Set Decoration/Design
Owen Langevin Sound/Sound Designer
Stratton Leopold Co-producer
Michael Madden Set Decoration/Design
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
MVFX Special Effects
Mace Neufeld Producer
Peter P. Nicolakakos Set Decoration/Design
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
Robert G. Rehme Executive Producer
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
Matthew Rowland Asst. Director
Carol Spier Production Designer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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