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Director: Alejandro Amenábar

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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
Ricardo Lopez 2nd Assistant
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
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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The Others 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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The subtle use of suspense balanced with moments of terror makes the use of violence unnecessary. So many movies are just gory, ''shoot 'em up'' action flicks,but this movie is flawless, classy, and thrilling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best of the best movie! The ending was surprising and if you like scary haunting movies, this is the one to buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
**SPOILER BEGINS** Very good movie with excellent acting and an interesting premise: a haunted house story from the perspective of ghosts who think they are still alive. No, I didn't guess the ending, (well, I thought of it, along with about a dozen other ideas, most of which I thought were more likely than this one) and I wasn't bothered by it being very similar to the ending in The Sixth Sense. By the way, did anyone else notice that at one point, when Victor is supposed to be talking to Anne, Anne's jaw is moving as if she is the one who is actually doing the talking? This threw me off bigtime. **SPOILER ENDS** As I mentioned before, this film has outstanding acting. I pretty much expected the quality of Nicole Kidman's and Fionnula Flanagan's performances, but the kids, Christopher Eccleston and Alakina Mann were a pleasant surprise. Some of their facial expressions were downright incredible. Don't expect non-stop horror out of this one; the scary moments are there, but you have to wait for them. I had a great time trying to figure out what was going on, pretty much treating this movie like a mystery, and the movie came through for me. If you haven't seen The Others yet, I strongly suggest you do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie and plan to buy it as soon as it becomes available on DVD. It's a very classy scary movie, relying more on what you don't see then on overdone visual effects. You will be on the edge of your seat until the last second!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love suspenseful movies with a twist.It's hard to find a good ghost story that lives up to it's name, until ''The Others''. It starts off slow but you find yourself trying to piece the whole story together,finally realizing your way of thinking wasn't quite accurate. A wonderful, unique ending. I plan to buy it when it comes out to video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie was an experience all in itself. The ending is what hooked me the most, I never would have expected it. I usually stick to novels and classics for good scares and twisted plots, but this movie is incredible. The timing, acting, and atmospheres throughout the whole movie kept me longing for more. It's one that I'll be watching for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A genuinely creepy movie that left me thinking about it, with a sense of unease, much longer than I would have expected. Nicole Kidman was very good, but you have to see this movie if for no other reason than to marvel at the 2 young actors who play her children. I was going to say these are 2 of the best performances I've ever seen by children, but let's forget the ''children'' part and just say two of the best performances I've seen, period. Perfect,really. I didn't guess the ending (then again, I never do; ''Sixth Sense'''s ending came as a total surprise, and sometimes I wonder if all the people who say endings like these are so obvious are telling the truth). An excellent movie, kept from a fifth star only by its sometimes too-slow pace. Restored my faith in ghost/horror movies after suffering thru pure junk like ''13 Ghosts''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie to watch if you enjoy suspenseful movies but not necessarily looking for the kind of horror movies with weird and fancy creatures attacking people. The movie relies on excellent performance by all characters rather than on special effects. There are scary scenes in the movie but they are limited. What makes it worth watching is the suspense that doesn't dissolve until the end when you come across something totally unexpected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved The Others. Nicole Kidman is an awesome actress. This will one day be a classic film!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great movie! Nicole was fantastic and this movie truly is full of twists and turns! Rent it or buy it!! ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie that sizzles with suspense, shocks, and surprises! This movie turns out to be a wicked twist of an ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!!! It's confusing at the end, but it's definitely worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best movie Nicole Kidman has acted in above all others. This is her big score!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only Nicole Kidman movie that i truly liked. Great ending and clever story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!