Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic

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Cast: Jeffrey Bloom, Louise Fletcher, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

     
 

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Based on the popular novel by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic centers on such chancy topics as incest and misguided religiosity. When their father is killed, teenagers Cathy (Kristy Swanson) and Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams), together with their preteen siblings Cory (Ben Ganger) and Carrie (Lindsay Parker), are put in the care of their religious-zealot

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Based on the popular novel by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic centers on such chancy topics as incest and misguided religiosity. When their father is killed, teenagers Cathy (Kristy Swanson) and Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams), together with their preteen siblings Cory (Ben Ganger) and Carrie (Lindsay Parker), are put in the care of their religious-zealot grandmother (Louise Fletcher). Grandma has never approved of the wanton lifestyle of the kids' mother Corinne (Victoria Tennant), and she has no intention of extending her love to the children. Even worse, Corinne is anxious to win back the love of her estranged father, who, knowing that Corinne and her late husband were cousins and thus incestuously linked, would never approve of any children from this union. Thus, the four children are locked in their grandmother's attic, far from the view of their unforgiving grandfather. How the kids cope with their imprisonment is the heart of the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/1997
UPC:
0092091800621
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louise Fletcher Grandmother
Kristy Swanson Cathy
Jeb Stuart Adams Chris
Ben Ganger Cory
Lindsay Parker Carrie
Marshall Colt Father
Nathan Davis Grandfather
Alex Koba John Hall
Leonard Mann Bart Winslow
Bruce Neckels Minister
Clare Peck Narrator
Gus Peters Caretaker
Victoria Tennant Mother

Technical Credits
Jeffrey Bloom Director,Screenwriter
Dick Albain Special Effects
Arnold Braun Sound Mixer
Frank Byers Cinematographer
Wes Craven Screenwriter
Charles W. Fries Executive Producer
Thomas Fries Producer
Tom Fries Producer
Hilary Henkin Screenwriter
Gil Hubbs Cinematographer
Sy Levin Producer
Ann Somers Major Costumes/Costume Designer
John Muto Production Designer
Penny Perry Casting
Gregory F. Plotts Editor
Gregg Plotz Editor
Mike Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Michele Starbuck Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Young Score Composer
V.C. Andrews Source Author

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Flowers in the Attic 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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I would give the book five stars, but as for the film it did not live up to the expectations of the novel. The film left out many needed details that made the story line as good as it was. The actors in the story were pretty good, but again more could have been given. After reading the book I felt the film was a huge disappointment. The children did not come alive as they did in the novel and I was not hit with the emotion I felt when reliving the story through Cathy's eyes the story line is so emotional and powerful that it leaves you with something, yet after watching the film I did not get that same feeling. One of the major details that were left out in story was the incest between Cathy and Christopher. They shared a bond that was more than your average love for your sibling. This gave to storyline that extra twist that was needed to stand out. For someone that is known to this story, I would recommend reading the book first. If you do watch the film first, it may not fulfill your expectations. The ending of the film was a huge disappointment for most viewers. It was not believable and the director made it to where the storyline would end. The author has many series to the book. Leaving the ending open in Flowers in the Attic made you want to read more and find out what will happen to the children. Again for anywhere in search for a good novel, I highly recommend Flowers in the Attic to be next on your list. It has a wicked side, but yet it is so emotional. It will have you off the edge of your seat from the start.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This video strayed away from the book. Many important things were either disregarded or twisted to please the author or entertain viewers that are not familiar with this great author. The actors were good but''Kathy'' was not beleivable.If your doing a report and used this movie insted of the book ......... MOST LIKELY YOU FAILED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the book I felt the film was a huge disapointment. The children did not come alive as the did in the novel and I was not hit with the the emotion I felt when reliving the story through Cathy's eyes. Could be better with todays technology!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris,Cory,Carrie,& Cathy are not described as well as in the book. The were locked up for 3yrs. Cathy's hair was never cut. Their mother survived in the book & got married while the kids were locked up. The movie was very badly written I suggest you read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flowers in the attic is my favorite movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was not good but the book gave more details then the movie itself so read the book i could not put it down it was so much better then the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well Im a fifteen year old girl, and Ive read the book 'Flower's in the attic'and to me the book was scary and thrilling. Where as the movie lost that feeling giving it a slow and boring effort. Read the book first, then watch the movie and you'll know what Im writing about!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to excellent story telling V. C. ANDREWS tops the charts. This movie is a must see. I owned the VHS version in 1989 and I must admit that I'm one of those people that can only watch a great movie once. But this one I watched at least a zillion times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently borrowed the book from the library after hearing someone discuss it on a tv program. In my own evil twisted mind I found myself captivated by their brief summary. I had to get a hold of the book. It took me 2 days to complete the book. My every spare moment I read a piece of the book. I am curious about the movie but the latest reviews are not very encouraging. Read the book. You will definitely feel every inch of their emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many small details in the book that are just ignored in the movie, although they mean so much. I feel the casting was somewhat poor, seeing as none of the children in the movie really captured the essence of the Dollangangers as they were described in the book. The ending was completely changed, which ruled out the possibility of any of the book's sequels being made into films, but perhaps that was a blessing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the book, after wathcing the movie years ago. They are both very awesome. I have also read the follow ups to the flowers in the attic. I have read petals on the wind, if there be thons, seeds of yesterday and I am now on the las tof the books which is titled 'Garden of shadows' and is about Olivia Foxworth as a young child married to Malcolm Foxworth. It is very awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was outstanding, amazing and captivating and the movie did not do the novel justice! It was missing so many important facets from the book, one of which is the 'raping' of Cathy which is so important for Flowers in the Attic and the books following it. I was very disappointed in the movie it did not capture the real Flowers in the Attic. I recommend the book more than the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie did not do the book justice at all. i was so apalled at how many things were changed, including the end of the movie, and also at how many things they left out. this movie was so dissapoiting after reading the book. if you want to get the complete and correct story of FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC just read the book it's much better than the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie totally destroys what VC Andrews wrote. If a movie was to be really made about this book, it should be in a mini-series format with more detail. The movie does not show hardly any of the emotion that any of the children went thru. This was poorly done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book first and I must say this movie does not do the book justice. It leaves out many, many details, such as Catherine's love for ballet. Sure, they mention it, but it wasn't a major part in the movie like the book. They make Catherine look very, very weak. When I read the book, she seemed much stronger. I don't know, but it is not worth watching at all. And if you do watch it, read the other books firsts (Petals in the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday), that way you can see why I hated the ending on the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched this then started to read the Dollanganger books afterwards. In this they left out a whole bunch of stuff. Like in the beginning, they were already headin towards Foxworth Hall and are now locked in the room in the Northern Wing where the attic is. Then afterwards they try and explore and all that stuff while grown up Cathy grown up voice narrates the story. I don't get something, if she's telling it from her point of view then how does she know that Olivia takes out the whip and then... And showing a cameo by Ms. Andrews herself as a maid wiping a window with a piece of white cloth ? She couldn't have quietly left the room to eavesdrop. And what was it with their makeup. It looked like they had put a bit too much powered sugar or something all over their faces making them look like a pair of baking ghosts or something. Cathy's hair didn't really look that and had no color basically. Her's is like golden blond and she just had bad color yellow then afterwards her hair short it looked the same as always and they just totally messed it up with the ending and stuff. Why did they do that? Did they already know that this wouldn't be that good and that they couldn't possibly make the sequels and prequel afterwards but just leaving this as it is ? They should make Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday and of course the prequel Garden of Shadows. It would be something but we may never know. I was disappointed with this movie anyway. If you haven't heard of Flowers in the Attic, read the book first then see the movie. Don't make the same mistake I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Five stars for the book, three stars for the movie. I mean, all of the previous reviewers are true. The movie leaves out a lot of important information. I think the director didn't even bother to read the book first before making it a film. Probably just read the back of the book and then made it into a film. The book has one important line that I'm gonna state. It's the most amazing quote in history. 'Born so brightly colored and fading through all those long, grim, dreary, nightmarish days when we were held prisoners of hope and kept captives of greed.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was a classic for me growing up now that I'm older I had to buy it the book was great this movie was a great purchase.
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