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Haunted Movie Review:
The Others (2001)

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Director

Alejandro Amenábar

Writer(s)

Alejandro Amenábar

Cast

Nicole Kidman … Grace Stewart
Fionnula Flanagan … Mrs. Bertha Mills
Christopher Eccleston … Charles Stewart
Alakina Mann … Anne Stewart
James Bentley … Nicholas Stewart
Eric Sykes … Mr. Edmund Tuttle
Elaine Cassidy … Lydia
Renée Asherson … Old Lady

Plot Summary

On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the waning days of World War II, a young woman, Grace, waits in vain for her beloved husband to return from the front. She’s been raising her two young children alone in her beautiful, cavernous Victorian mansion – the one place she believes them to be safe.

But they are not safe. When a trio of new servants arrives to replace the old staff who have inexplicably disappeared, startling events start to unfold. Grace’s daughter reveals she has been communicating with mysterious apparitions who come and go in every room of the house. At first, Grace refuses to take her children’s scary sightings seriously, but soon she too begins to sense that intruders are at large. Who are these spectral beings? What do they want from Grace’s family? To discover the truth, Grace must act in spite of her fears and venture forth into the supernatural.

Main Characters

Nicole Kidman is Grace Stewart… the high-strung, over-protective mother of Ann and Nicholas and wife to missing husband Charles Stewart.

Alakina Mann is Ann Stewart… the tempestuous little girl with a mysterious disease and a bad temper that result in her multiple bible-reading sessions in the dark.

James Bentley is Nicholas Stewart… the sweet but terrified little brother of Ann who fears everything about his dark surroundings, including the purported ‘ghosts’ his sister continuously sees.

Christopher Eccleston is Charles Stewart… the war-weary mysterious father of Ann and Nicholas and husband of Grace, whose mysterious reappearance and disappearance provokes the main tension in the film.

Fionnula Flanagan is Mrs. Bertha Mills… the obedient but slightly mystifying house servant who appears mysteriously with Mr. Tuttle and Lydia to help Grace oversee the house.

Eric Sykes is Mr. Tuttle… the eccentrically friendly house-servant who is in charge of working the lawns and helping Mrs. Mills prepare for their big ‘day of change’.

Elaine Cassidy is Lydia… the mute servant girl who works under the care of Mrs. Mills and the curious eye of Grace Stewart.

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