Flowers in the Attic (1987)




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Based on the popular novel by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic centers on such chancy topics as incest and misguided religiosity. When their father is killed, teenagers Cathy (Kristy Swanson) and Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams), together with their preteen siblings Cory (Ben Ganger) and Carrie (Lindsay Parker), are put in the care of their religious-zealot grandmother (Louise Fletcher). Grandma has never approved of the wanton lifestyle of the kids' mother Corinne (Victoria Tennant), and she has no intention of extending her love to the children. Even worse, Corinne is anxious to win back the love of her estranged father, who, knowing that Corinne and her late husband were cousins and thus incestuously linked, would never approve of any children from this union. Thus, the four children are locked in their grandmother's attic, far from the view of their unforgiving grandfather. How the kids cope with their imprisonment is the heart of the film.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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New World Pictures


Louise Fletcher
as Grandmother
Ben Ganger
as Cory
Marshall Colt
as Father
Nathan Davis
as Grandfather
Alex Koba
as John Hall
Leonard Mann
as Bart Winslow
Bruce Neckels
as Minister
Gus Peters
as Caretaker
Clare Peck
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Flowers in the Attic

All Critics (7)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Book-turned-movie skips the incest, but keeps the creepy.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
Common Sense Media

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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August 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Flowers in the Attic

I love the book, read it many times growing up. The movie does not stay true to its source, which is a real shame as the ending does ruin it. It's kind of weak as adaptations go, I think it's a little miscast and it hasn't aged very well, either. Kristy Swanson is an okay Cathy and the grandmother is also effective. The boys fail to convince and the mother is weak (her acting, I mean. Obviously the character is weak). It is watchable and the story is so horrific it does draw you in. I know another adaptation has been made and also one of the sequel, so I am very interested to see those and see if they were able to improve on this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movie is crazy! But at the same time it really kept my interest. It was pretty messed up situations but also a pretty good movie

Kristin Armstrong
Kristin Armstrong

Scarred me for life when i saw it on TV as a kid.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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