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Bless The Child (2000)
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03.19.08

Bless The Child (2000) Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New york hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child and the love she inspires in those she touches.

Movie Tagline:
Fear the Darkness. Fight the Evil. Bless the Child.

Title: Bless The Child
Release Date: August 11, 2000
Runtime: 107 mins
Genre: Thriller
All Genres: Thriller, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA, Germany
Colors: Color
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 5.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violence, drug content and brief language.

Director(s):
Chuck Russell

Cast:
Kim Basinger ...Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits ...Agent John Travis
Holliston Coleman ...Cody O'Connor
Rufus Sewell ...Eric Stark
Angela Bettis ...Jenna O'Connor
Christina Ricci ...Cheri Post
Michael Gaston ...Det. Frank Bugatti
Lumi Cavazos ...Sister Rosa
Dimitra Arliss ...Dahnya (as Dimitra Arlys)
Eugene Lipinski ...Stuart
Anne Betancourt ...Maria
Ian Holm ...Reverend Grissom
Helen Stenborg ...Sister Joseph
Matthew Lemche ...New Dawn Kid at Van
Dan Warry Smith ...New Dawn Kid
Elisabeth Rosen ...New Dawn Kid
Tony Del Rio ...New Dawn Kid
Nicole Lyn ...New Dawn Kid
Michael McLachlan ...New Dawn Kid
Jonathan Malen ...New Dawn Kid
Vince Corazza ...Reverend's Assistant (as Vincent Corazza)
David Eisner ...Dr. Ben
Gary Hudson ...Maggie's Date
Samantha O'Dwyer ...Cody, 3 years Old
Nicolas Marti Salgado ...Martin Casillas (as Nicolas Marti Salgado)
Marcia Bennett ...Head Nurse
Peter Mensah ...Good Samaritan Janitor
yan Birch ...Good Samaritan on Bridge
Alexa Gilmour ...Good Samaritan on Subway
Wanda Lee Evans ...Woman on Bus (as Wanda Lee Evans)

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Bruce Davey
Lis Kern
Stratton Leopold
Mace Neufeld
Robert Rehme

Writer(s):
Cathy Cash Spellman
Thomas Rickman
Clifford Green
Ellen Green

Composer(s):
Christopher young




More Movie Taglines:
  • Fear the Darkness. Fight the Evil. Bless the Child.
  • Mankind's last hope just turned six.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Eric Stark: Oh Maggie, are you really going to shoot me in front of Cody? Maggie O'Connor: Close your eyes, honey.
  • Eric Stark: You're not like other children, Cody. Do you know that?
  • Cherry: About a year ago, they started hunting children. Maggie O'Connor: What does this have to do with Cody? Cherry: They believe she's the one they have been looking for. She's going to lead people to God, Maggie. Eric is going to try to change her, and if not... Maggie O'Connor: Slaughter of the Innocents. Cherry: Do you promise to get her out of there? And get out as fast you can?
  • [On the top ledge of a building] Eric Stark: If you believe? JUMP! If not, you come to me. [She turns and looks at him] Cody: After you?
  • Eric Stark: Jump, Cody, jump. If you believe in God, jump. And if not, you come to me. What do you believe in, Cody? My hand - it's here, you can see it. Satan rules it and it will protect you always... Or his hand? Is it there? Or isn't it? Will he catch you or not? If you believe, Cody, jump. JUMP! Cody: After you.
Movie Trivia:
  • The bridge where the car "accident" takes place is actually the Blue Water Bridge between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan. It was being "twinned" at the time so the whole bridge was closed down for repairs and was available for numerous re-takes. The scenery shots of NYC were then placed in the background, although people who grew up there recognize the shores as being Sarnia and Pt. Huron, respectively, not NYC.
  • In the original script, a character is deliberately pushed off a subway platform. This had to be changed to an accidental fall before the Toronto Transit Commission would allow filming on its property.
  • When the candles in the cathedral ignite together, the camera pulls back and Maggie's shirt can be seen blowing, as if the candles were in fact being blown out, and film was run backwards.
  • The subway station where the attack on Meg takes place is a "ghost" station on the Toronto subway that is used frequently as a stand in for New York subways. The city's film office wanted to leave it set up as a NYC station but the Toronto fire department nixed that idea. The station is below the Bay station on the Bloor line, on the track connecting the Bloor and Yonge lines. At one time trains went from one line to the other - thus the station - but the practice was discontinued because of switching problems. (There is also a "ghost" station beneath the Queen Street station. It was roughed in 1954 for a planned Queen Street subway which never was built.)
  • The line "the devils greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist" is a reference to a similar line in another movie of the same Genre, End of Days (1999). In which Father Kovak (Rod Steiger) says: "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist". It is also a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995) where the line is "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing man that he didn't exist" shows up. In fact, that sentence goes back to Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867): "La plus belle des ruses du Diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!" (English: "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist."
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Keywords:
Omen, FBI, Nurse, Troubled Teen, Autism  ...[more]


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