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The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 2003 (USA)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writers:

Michael Cunningham (novel), David Hare (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 41 wins & 125 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Virginia Woolf
Julianne Moore ... Laura Brown
Meryl Streep ... Clarissa Vaughan
Stephen Dillane ... Leonard Woolf
Miranda Richardson ... Vanessa Bell
George Loftus George Loftus ... Quentin Bell
Charley Ramm Charley Ramm ... Julian Bell
Sophie Wyburd Sophie Wyburd ... Angelica Bell
Lyndsey Marshal ... Lottie Hope (as Lyndsay Marshal)
Linda Bassett ... Nelly Boxall
Christian Coulson ... Ralph Partridge
Michael Culkin ... Doctor
John C. Reilly ... Dan Brown
Jack Rovello ... Richie
Toni Collette ... Kitty
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Storyline

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. Written by Jonas Reinartz <jonas.reinarzt@web.de>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las horas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,622, 29 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,675,994, 22 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,846,072
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Original Score. See more »

Goofs

When Louis Waters tells Clarissa he read the book, he holds it open, we cut to Clarissa talking, and then we cut back to Louis. The page Louis has selected changes between cuts. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Virginia Woolf: [Narrating the letter] Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel I can't go through another one of these terrible times and I shant recover this time. I begin to hear voices and can't concentrate. So, I am doing what seems to be the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I know that I am spoiling your life and without me you could work and you will, I know. You see I can't even write ...
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Referenced in My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Beim Schlafengehen
from "Four Last Songs"
Music by Richard Strauss
Text by Hermann Hesse
Performed by Jessye Norman, Soprano, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (as Gewandhaus Orchestra,
Leipzig)
Kurt Masur, Conductor
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Disappointing
28 July 2003 | by MustardSnakesSee all my reviews

I had been told that if I wanted to see acting, I should see The Hours.

How true. The acting in this movie is absolutely astonishing. Nicole Kidman does an absolutely amazing job at portraying Virginia Woolf. Every quirk was perfected. I really don't have adequate words to describe her.

Meryl Streep was breath-taking as usual. A seemless performance.

Ed Harris blew me away. Even though his screen time was short, it was sweet. Or bitter, if you will. I had no idea he was up for that caliber of performance, but he brought tears to my eyes and opened new paths in my mind simultaneously.

Even the little kid - I thought he did a really good job. And not just a good job for a little kid- I mean he was really, really good.

The acting in this movie was about the best I've seen for years. Too bad it takes more than acting to make a good film.

To accomodate such a talented cast, there needs to be an equally compelling story. Unfortunately, this was not the case with The Hours. The whole movie was spent showing the connections between the three time periods. As long as it was, it did what could/should have been done in an introduction.

And no- I'm not missing the whole point. I understand the theme of "the hours". I understand that the pace was part of the artistic direction. I understand the point that was trying to be made - I just thought that a poor job was done at making it.

And I could nitpick forever on the AWFUL continuity problems throughout the whole film. There's too many to list.

Finally- there was no flow. No touch of reality. All the actors' performances seemed like they were shot seperately and then pasted together.

I know that when working with actors, you do whatever it takes to get a certain performance - but you can't forget that they are only secondary. The actor is just a tool used to create something much larger - much more profound.

So to wrap it up - The Hours is an acting show. not a movie. It ended up being a cheap chick flick for art students. Art students who need to drop whatever it is they're nailing to a tree in central park and go see a good jewel heist movie.

anyway- that's my two cents.


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