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  • Actors: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman, Angela Bettis
  • Directors: Chuck Russell
  • Writers: Cathy Cash Spellman, Clifford Green, Ellen Green, Thomas Rickman
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Kim Basinger gives her very best performance(in all her movies I've seen).
Muhd Jeffrie Lim
Don't think it's going to be an Exorcist movie, it's so much deeper, and I ended up working out what was going to happen quite soon into the movie.
Meesha
Loved this movie, it was well thought out and the visual effects were good too.
Gale

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Hey...look a movie where Catholics aren't the villains! No bad priests, no psychotic nuns. For once, the devil is the devil!!!An FBI agent who actually carries a bible and was a former seminarian, but is not fanatical. BLESS THE CHILD worked for me because it was about good vs. evil, and good wins out. Critics blasted the movie, so what? It's an entertaining and ultimately frightening movie with some classic scenes. When Kim Basinger confronts the evil Rufus Sewell who says she wouldn't shoot him in front of her niece, she says "Close your eyes." And when Sewell has the little girl on the roof and mocks the temptation of Jesus by Satan, and tells her to jump from the roof and see if God or his angels rescue her, she sits and says "After you." Jimmy Smits, Ian Holm and Angela Bettis lend expert support and in a brief role, Christina Ricci proves what a dynamic young performer she can be.
Cliches? Not really. The use of the special effects I feel was justifiable and creepy, and uplifting with the angels.
Want a feel good movie? This is it, folks.
There be angels....
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Meesha on March 24, 2005
Format: DVD
I love movies with religious tones to them, despite not being any which way religious myself. Stigmata and End Of Days, and now this, are excellent examples, although Constantine overdoes it slightly. The trailer gets it totally wrong, and makes it look more like an Exorcist movie, than what it eventually ends up being. Don't think it's going to be an Exorcist movie, it's so much deeper, and I ended up working out what was going to happen quite soon into the movie. So unlike me.

The actors in this also do an excellent job. Everyone raves about gorgeous Kim Basinger is, but they forget she can do plain & ordinary just as well, and pulls it off. Rufus Sewell was perfect for the cult leader he played (with shades of Scientology?), and with those eyes, god I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares after watching this movie! The slight lazy eye makes him stand out from everyone else. Jimmy Smits, wow! For an older guy, he's definitely kept in shape, and looks good! I wasn't sure about Angela Bettis' character. She played it well, don't get me wrong, but from the roles I've seen her in (only this & Girl Interrupted), it's almost like she plays the anorexic, drug-addict very well. Probably cos she's ultra skinny, and needs a good feeding. Christina Ricci should have been in this movie more, as she's an excellent actress, but she's only a couple of scenes, and then gets killed - real or not?! Funky scene though, you'll jump out of your seat at this bit.

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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wilson on June 14, 2003
Format: DVD
Bless The Child is a theatrical tribute to the current world's situations plagued by an intoxicating need for quick solutions to problems no matter what the cost. The film shows how some will give up their lives, and their souls, in order to fulfill their needs instead of conquering their battles themselves.
The movie starts with a single and middle-aged Maggie (played by Kim Basinger) meeting her long-lost-sister, Jenna (Angela Bettis) ,who brings, and leaves her newborn to her Brooklyn apartment for her to take care of. Persistent in finding out what is wrong with the child, and disagreeing with the doctor's diagnoses of autism, Maggie places the child, Cody (Holliston Coleman), in a Catholic school where she hopes she will come out of whatever is causing her problems.
A case of murdered children in the area brings federal agent and former seminary student John Travis (Jimmy Smits) to Brooklyn to help the police investigate the murders. With a specialization in occult mysticism, Travis informs the police that they are not dealing with a comic-book psycho, and the crimes are meant to attack God, not man.
Maggie is greeted by her sister once again, six years after her startling departure. She is occupied with her new husband, Erick Stark (Refus Sewell), founder of the New Dawn which provides the city with a rehabilitation center for those who abuse drugs or alcohol. Of course the New Dawn also welcomes those who are confused about who they are, and need some stationary brainwashing. Insisting she is well enough to take care of her child, Maggie is caught off guard with the request of Stark to take Cody with them to their home, promising she would receive the best medical attention under the most prestige's doctors.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NEO-CS- on February 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Bless the Child is another Good Versus Evil type of movie, but unlike most of them, this one is pretty good.
Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits were great(although Smits' role wasn't a far cry from his character on NYPD Blue). There is just enough suspense to keep you wondering what was going to happen next. The special effects, although sparingly used, were well done.
Overall, its an enjoyable movie, and worth checking out.
Recommended!
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