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Flowers in the Attic (2014)

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After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

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Deborah Chow

Writers:

Virginia C. Andrews (based upon the novel by) (as V.C. Andrews), Kayla Alpert (teleplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Corrine
Ellen Burstyn ... Grandmother
Kiernan Shipka ... Cathy
Mason Dye ... Christopher
Ava Telek ... Carrie
Maxwell Kovach ... Cory
Dylan Bruce ... Bart Winslow
Chad Willett ... Dad
Beau Daniels ... Mr. Foxworth
Laura Jaye ... Female Guest
John Emmet Tracy ... Male Guest
Don Thompson ... Conductor
BJ Harrison ... Sarah
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Police Officer
Andrew Kavadas ... John
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Based on V.C. Andrews' controversial cult-classic novel, "Flowers in the Attic" tells the story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are coerced to stay hidden in the attic of their ruthless grandmother. Written by karink

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TV-14

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Official Sites:

Lifetime [United States]

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Is a remake of the original film based on the novel of the same name Flowers in the Attic (1987). See more »

Goofs

Many of the fashions worn and phrases said in the film were never around in the 1950's. The girls' dresses were made by a 21st century company and were not a style worn in the 50's. Phrases like "just drop it", "you guys" and "no way" weren't used in the 1950's, either. These phrases originated from the Eighties. See more »

Quotes

Grandmother: [to Christopher] Take off your shirt, boy.
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Remake of Flowers in the Attic (1987) See more »

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Disappointing remake of Flowers in the Attic.
19 January 2014 | by suzanneoxfordSee all my reviews

I have read the book, Flowers in the Attic. This is a Gothic type mystery where children were locked up in the attic not to be seen. V.C. Andrews was able to convey a dark and sinister atmosphere with Olivia Foxworth being a truly evil grandmother, showing them absolute contempt. Heather Graham portrays their mother, who becomes bored with her life and pursues a man who is supposedly their grandfather's attorney. She stays gone for long periods of time and brings back gifts which are supposed to compensate for her absence. Heather Graham is not right for this part. She comes across as rather vacant and bored, but does not project a sense of evil, which is well demonstrated in the novel. Ellen Burnstyn is an excellent actress and there is no doubt that she can barely tolerate her newly acquired grandchildren. She gives a fantastic performance.

There are gaps in this movie and the viewer is left wondering exactly why the daughter of Foxworth was alienated from her family. Heather does not even come across as a mother, but more like a best friend to her children. But maybe that is the intended effect. She obviously is not interested or does not care about their well-being.

Also in the book VC Andrews was able to convey a sense of anxiety and claustrophobia as the children feel suffocated from living in such close quarters with no freedom. You can feel their sense of doom and emotional deprivation, as they slowly realize that they are in a sort of prison and may never get out. The director, Chow does not give the viewer this feeling of doom. If there is a sense of frustration and anxiety with their surroundings, it is mild discontent compared to what the book shows. Without this psychological drama, it greatly diminishes the sense of doom, which Gothic novels are big on portraying.

I would not watch this movie again. I had a hard time following it and in a way kind of boring.


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