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Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar's first English-language production is a creepy period ghost story that continues in the vein of his earlier art house hit Open Your Eyes 1997. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a devoutly religious mother of two ailing children who has moved with her family to a mansion on the English coast while awaiting her husband's return from World War II, though he has been declared missing. Their children, Anne Alakina Mann and Nicholas James Bentley, both suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease that renders them extremely vulnerable to sunlight, prompting Grace's rule of having only one door open in the house at a time. When Anne begins claiming to see ghosts, Grace at first believes her newly arrived family of eccentric servants to be responsible, but chilling events and visions soon lead her to believe that something supernatural is indeed going on. The Others was released only a few months prior to Vanilla Sky 2001, the American remake of Alejandro's Open Your Eyes 1997, ironically starring Kidman's then-estranged husband Tom Cruise.
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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Young Spanish writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, whose art house hit Open Your Eyes was remade Stateside as Vanilla Sky, makes the cultural crossover to Hollywood with The Others, a chillingly fresh haunted house movie. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, an upper-class British woman who attempts to keep a tight grasp on life in the cavernous mansion she shares with her sheltered, photosensitive children, Anne Alakina Mann and Nicholas James Bentley. The arrival of new, unannounced servants Fionnula Flanagan, Eric Sykes, and Elaine Cassidy coincides with increasing weirdness in the house, including voices and noises that wear the badge of a good old-fashioned haunting, it would seem. Kidman anchors the film, inviting sympathy even as her hysteria worsens. Her Golden Globe-nominated performance is rivaled by those of the child actors, whose charm -- and evident dread -- lingers after the last reel. The film has plenty of scares to it, and Amenábar doles them out masterfully. Plot and character build-up lead to continually mounting shocks that climax in the best horror genre twist since The Sixth Sense. The two-DVD set includes a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary and various featurettes.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Alejandro Amenabar's taut, highly effective thriller is such a refreshment simply because it delights in creating an old-fashioned set of rules for the viewer to go along with, and it results in a picture as noteworthy as The Sixth Sense in toying with viewer expectation and providing non-gratuitous scares that are genuinely earned. A rare movie that honestly deserves comparison with Alfred Hitchcock's sterling oeuvre, the film is helped out considerably by its focused, excellent performances, especially embodied in Nicole Kidman's magnificent turn as an icy, high-strung mother caught up in a maelstrom of frayed nerves. Kidman often seems miscast in certain movies, but here she marvelously conveys the character's nervous curiosity and provides a sturdy audience surrogate so that the film never seems too out of reach. The performances by the young cast are also superb, and Fionnula Flanagan registers strongly as the house's nanny. Surprising, narratively sound and armed with believable suspense, The Others proves that the haunted house genre need not be overwrought CGI and dated spooks in order to work. This is Amenabar's first English-language effort, which was co-produced by Kidman's ex Tom Cruise; his feature Open Your Eyes was remade as Vanilla Sky by writer/director Cameron Crowe, starring, of all people, Cruise.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

When it comes to turning the screws of psychological terror, Amenebar is an expert technician.
Village Voice - Amy Taubin
From beginning to end, Grace exists in a state of barely suppressed hysteria punctuated by moments of abject terror, all of which Kidman registers with extreme delicacy.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Though Kidman doesn't hesitate to make Grace high-strung and as tightly wound as they come, she also projects vulnerability and courage when they're called for. It's an intense, involving performance, and it dominates and energizes a film that would be lost without it.


When it comes to turning the screws of psychological terror, Amenebar is an expert technician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 786936179286
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Grace
Christopher Eccleston Charles
Fionnula Flanagan Mrs. Mills
Elaine Cassidy Lydia
Alakina Mann Anne
Eric Sykes Mr. Tuttle
James Bentley Nicholas
Renée Ashershon Old Lady
Gordon Reid Assistant
Keith Allen Mr. Marlish
Michelle Fairley Mrs. Marlish
Alexander Vince Victor
Rico Lopez 2nd Assistant
Aldo Grilo Gardener
Technical Credits
Alejandro Amenábar Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Fernando Bovaira Producer
Javier Chinchilla Casting
Tom Cruise Executive Producer
José Luis Cuerda Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director, Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
Sunmin Park Producer
Rick Schwartz Executive Producer
Paula Wagner Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On the Edge of My Seat

    This movie starts out as a classic ghost story in a house where the characters begin to hear noises and have experiences with strange ghostly characters. The ending was the greatest twist in a movie. AND, I never saw it coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    i think i watched this movie first when i six, and i didn't understand it, and my 9 cuz had to explain it with gum balls i still remember she had white gum balls in one hand and pink in the other &quot See the white gum ball were the people you thought were alive, but the pink gumball were the really ones alive&quot i laugh everytime. But it is a best movie yah gotta see. Also has anyone saw that Nicole Kidman seems to play a evil mother roll fairly GREAT! like the others and the golden compass...just me sayin'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This movie starts out as a classic american ghost story in a house where the characters begin to hear noises and have experiences within to becoming the movie with the most incredible ending. Has to be without a doubt the best twist in movie history and I never saw it coming. Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent and Spooky

    An excellent movie that is underrated. Great plot twist. The cast is also great- especially the children. - Noga Delshad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Twisted Movie

    I saw this movie in the movie theatre and I was interested through out the ENTIRE movie. The ending of this movie was SO AMAZING that my husband and myself were both totally shocked by the way that this movie ended. I highly reccommend this movie to folks who like twist endings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flat

    I was really looking foward to this movie but when I finally viewed it, the experience of it just fell flat. I didn't like the story much and the plot, although original, is not seamless so viewers don't have much of an opportunity to figure things out for themselves. There was no scarefest at all- no entertainment so like I wrote before, this was very flat. I personally didn't think Kidman was that good in the film-I have liked her work in other films better than this one. Worst point...the viewer doesn't get a chance to participate in the experience-no imagining, no pondering Best point...solid acting for the most part by the girl who played the daughter and also the actress who played the housekeeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Others

    HEY! This movie was great. Fantastic. Out-of-the-box [thinking &] thriller! This had me at the edge of my seat the whole way there, I mean, to the ending. Heck, I watched this when I was eight and I loved it ever since. This movie's premise is about Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman and three kids living in a remote and isolated mansion in a war, waiting for their father [or, in Nicole's case, husband] to come home, when the staff of servants disappear, they hire strange, secondary helpers until they turn up. But then strange, ghost-like things start happening. Recommended to everyone eight and up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Like Suspense, This is the Movie For YOU!!

    This movie is wonderful, but it is very suspenseful!!! It kept me on the edge of my seat since the beginning!! If you like suspense this is the movie for you!!! If you don't, I wouldn't reccomend it for you!!!It is very TWISTED!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Suspense Movie

    If you love suspense movies, you have to see “The Others”. Throughout the movie the suspense slowly heightens, which kept me on my toes during the entire movie. From the beginning, you can tell the “The Others” has everything a classic suspense story needs. Nicole Kidman plays a woman who is living alone in a desolate English mansion with her two ailing children while her husband is off at war. Without a man to help around the house, Kidman’s character “Grace” welcomes the help of three strangers who claim to have lived in the house years before. After the three strangers move in and begin their housework, Grace strange and eerie noises in the house. Grace believes these noises to be coming from ghosts in the house. But are these noises proof that the house is haunted or is Grace crazy? You’ll have to rent “The Others” or buy it to find out. Personally, I enjoyed the book for its suspense. The way the plotline developed, constantly changing my perceptions was incredible. This movie is one of the best suspense stories I have ever seen. It included everything that you expect to find in a great suspense movie, including, a woman living alone with her children, an old mansion, and creepy, inexplicable noises coming from the house. Despite having all the usual ingredients of a great suspense, the story takes a unique spin at the end, which really captivated me. I recommend renting this movie on a cool, dreary night when you can wrap up in a blanket and appreciate the suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    It's been over a year since I saw this movie, but it's still vivid in my mind. Kidman and the kids are great, and the story is told slowly and suspensefully [ a dirty word in today's movies]. For those who like story and characters above special effects, this is the movie for you. It's a pity it's been put into the "horror" genre slot, as it is much more masterful and thoughtful than most horror.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rocked my socks off!

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! Very cool plot, and a series of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Don't believe the bad reviews. This was a worthwhile film. Truthfully, I am rarely impressed with the genre of horror (and suspense), but this was an absolutely clever movie and I highly suggest it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best ghost movies ive ever seen.

    This is the only Nicole Kidman movie that i truly liked. Great ending and clever story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    suspense and surprise

    'the others' is about what the title says, there are other people living in the old mansion, ghosts? or not? i enjoyed this movie because the ending is shocking and surprising.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a dramatic crap!

    brilliantly talented from brilliant actors, inc. Nicole Kidman, but like Orson Scott Card said (though he's a writer of Ender's Game), ''heartbreaking moment with no meaningful purpose.'' In other words, ghosts touch things by anything and get reflected by mirrors. IMDB.com rated this movie 7.8. 7.8!? Ha! No offense, but I don't know why most moviegoes (or I'd say critics) like ''powerfully'' art movies that don't sense a pointless story like I do (ex: Citizen Kane, American Beauty, 6th Sense, etc.). I'm neither a ghost, art, nor sci-fi movie fan. But here's my recommendation: want a good ghost movie, rent ''Ghost (1990)''. Want a good art, rent ''Fargo''. Want a good thrill, rent ''At Close Range''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the best!

    It is the best movie Nicole Kidman has acted in above all others. This is her big score!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Others

    I love this movie!!!! It's confusing at the end, but it's definitely worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Suspenseful Movie!

    This is a great movie that sizzles with suspense, shocks, and surprises! This movie turns out to be a wicked twist of an ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey, it beats the others.

    Yes, this is a good thriller. Since the house has to be dark, it adds an air of mystery. You don't know what's behind that curtain, or in that shadow. The only dissapointing part of this movie is that you can guess the ending before you see it. Well, I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OK

    It was entertaining. A good plot, and very suspenceful. And Nicole Kidman was perfect for the part as the mother. But to put it in short words, A Bore. It's slow paced, and not at all scary. But it is something good to watch if you just want to watch something suspenceful, and interesting. I give it 3 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It scared the crap out of me!!

    I loved The Others. Nicole Kidman is an awesome actress. This will one day be a classic film!!

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