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Our Mother's House (1967)

Our Mother's House





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Dirk Bogarde is a no-good rotter who returns to his family after several years' absence. Only his seven children are present to greet Bogarde as he enters his shabby London home, and they're somewhat vague as to the whereabouts of the mother. What Bogarde doesn't know is that his wife had died some time ago. The kids (including future stars Pamela Franklin and Mark Lester) decided amongst themselves that they didn't want to be broken up and sent to orphanages; thus, they secretly buried their mother and went on about their business, pretending that mom was still alive. Money-hungry Bogarde threatens this cozy set-up, leaving the children little recourse but to prepare a second grave. Our Mother's House was based on a novel by Julian Gloag; one of the screenwriters was Haya Harareet, who eight years earlier had been Charlton Heston's leading lady in Ben-Hur (59). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Dirk Bogarde
as Charlie Hook
Margaret Brooks
as Elsa Hook
Pamela Franklin
as Diana Hook
John Gugolka
as Dunstan Hook
Mark Lester
as Jiminee Hook
Sarah Nicholls
as Gerty Hook
Yootha Joyce
as Mrs. Quayle
Anthony Nicholls
as Mr. Halbert
Gerald Sim
as Bank clerk
Diana Ashley
as Girl Friend
Garfield Morgan
as Mr. Moley
Faith Kent
as Woman client
John Arnatt
as Man client
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Critic Reviews for Our Mother's House

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 23, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Clayton and Bogarde felt the end result was a failure, and I concur.

Full Review… | August 17, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The idea ... has been done before in everything from comedies to horror movies

Full Review… | January 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for Our Mother's House


Six years after directing the brilliantly eerie "The Innocents" Jack Clayton directed the equally eerie "Our Mother's House".
Seven children hide the death of their religious obsessed Mother and bury her in the garden in order not to be sent to the orphanage. For awhile they manage by themselves and go about their lives as if their Mother were still alive. They create a shrine for her in the back garden and everyday have "Mother Time" which consists of seances where it seems the mother talks to her children through one of the daughters. This changes when the children's father returns. For a short time a few of the children are convinced by him until secrets are revealed and we have a dramatic ending.
The main stars of "Our Mother's House" are the excellent cast of children. These include a few familar faces, including Pamela Franklin from "The Innocents" and Mark Lester star of "Oliver", and a few not so familar. Each of the children have their own unique character traits which makes it even more special. The adult actors are also impressive. Dirk Bogarde does a brilliant job as their selfish Cockney father and Yootha Joyce, who is best known for UK sitcoms in the 1970's, is also great.
You could dispute whether this is actually a horror film but it certainly is very creepy and atmospheric. The cineamatography and score only add to the uneasy feel.
Finally I just want to say why is this not avaliable on DVD or VHS, it is simpling begging for a proper release! If you do have the time please vote for it to be released on the TCM site.
A unique, creepy, dreadfully underated British classic. If you ever get the chance to see this rare gem then do.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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