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Based on the bestselling book by V. C. Andrews, the Lifetimer Original Movie, FLOWERS IN THE ATTICE, is a gothic story of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are torn from a peaceful life and subjected to abuse resulting from a dark, family secret. Abandoned by their mother and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents' mansion, the children form their own family unit. But as the oldest boy and girl come of age both emotionally and physically while caring for their younger siblings, they are entrapped by their family's sordid past as they try to survive and escape the harsh living conditions. Heather Graham stars as the mother and Ellen Burstyn as the cruel grandmother.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HQI811Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Milagro Fan on January 22, 2014
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Everyone said this one was better than the original. Different? Yes. Better? Not so sure. I think Kiernan Shipka was wrong for the part of Cathy. She wasn't engaging. I didn't find myself rooting for her. There was so little interaction between her and her mother, which was something pretty important in the book - as she grew up the mother got increasingly threatened by her beauty and her relationship with the twins and Christopher.

This movie rushed through (admittedly many) plot points and it was hard to tell what anyone's motivation was. Why did the mom leave them up there so long? Yes she was enjoying her time as a free, single, wealthy woman, but it was never totally clear why she left them and (spoiler alert) tried to kill them. Why was the grandmother so alternatingly mean and also sympathetic? I think Ellyn Burstyn oversold the sympathetic parts. Definitely chewed the scenery.

Heather Graham definitely looked more like the mother I pictured in the book but she was so clearly phoning it in. You signed up for a Lifetime remake of a terrible YA novel from the 70s. I get it. But at least make it interesting.

I watched it for the novelty of it but I hope some day someone makes a more interesting version of this story. This definitely didn't do anyone justice.
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The 1979 cult novel "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews is one of those rare books that really tapped a nerve with the reading public. This genuine cult classic scandalized America, sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and spawned no less than four sequels. The book is alternately reviled and beloved, but it surely has to be one of the most talked about novels of its day. Once read, it is not a story soon to be forgotten. Many fans of the book were not exactly captivated by the 1987 film adaptation which took large liberties with the source material. Therefore, "Flowers in the Attic" always seemed like an ideal tale to be reimagined for a new generation. While I applaud the fact that the Lifetime network has attempted a more faithful interpretation, the shocking nature of Andrews' story is probably not best served as a television movie. Be that as it may, "Flowers in the Attic" is not without merit. Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (who, truthfully, I would watch in anything) sinks her teeth into the role of the chilly and scary grandmother Olivia. In contrast to her vivid performance, everything else feels a little bit more bland than you might anticipate.

The movie begins setting up a perfect American family as only a TV movie can. This blissful happiness, however, last only a few minutes before daddy dies leaving the rest of the clan to fend for themselves. Widowed Corrine (Heather Graham) whisks the children off to her parent's estate. The kids (led by Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka as narrator Cathy and Mason Dye as perpetually optimistic Christopher) didn't even know they had Grandparents! Well, it turns out that there is much they don't know about their mother and their family history.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ang on January 19, 2014
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A longtime V.C. Andrews fan, I was definitely stoked when I heard about the remake in the works. I only watched part of the 1980s version and I quickly had to turn it off. This version I found far more bearable. Granted, it is a TV made movie , yet it does do a decent if not good job. Some details were left out and I would have loved for those details to be more incorporated. Other moments also seemed rushed, but understandable seeing as they had to be in a time constraint.I am glad they did include the more taboo subjects as opposed to the 1987 version.

As other have stated I would have loved for those details to be incorporated and some of the characters to be more developed as they are in the book (Christopher being a "know it all," dreaming of becoming a doctor, etc), Cathy and Christopher's own relationship and their parental role they take on. Also, I felt I didn't get to see the twins' personalities either. In order for these details and the character's development to be captured, I am sure the movie would have had to be at least another hour long! Or at least a mini series.

None the less, Ellen Burstyn was amazing as the grandmother and for the most part everyone seemed to do a good job in their role.

I am glad the film follows the original story fairly well (though there are some inconsistencies, missing events). *SPOILER* In particular I was bothered by the scene between Cathy and Chris in the attic (the rape/sex scene). In the book, Cathy and Chris are both traumatized and upset after the incident. Understandably they are both freaking out in the book (unprotected sex with your sibling and all). In the movie, nope, let's smile and giggle and have some nice pillow talk. What??
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By nintendo nannie on February 10, 2014
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I read the book back when it 1st came out, and I loved it! I then went on to read all the other books in the series.
I also saw the original version of the movie, that version of it was terrible, but at least the actors could well...act. In this version, the only one who is even remotely passable as her character is Ellen Burstyn. And it's hard to say she was great, not necessarily due to her acting skills, as I think she's a terrific actress, but due to the fact it was hard "believing" she was mean, twisted, in most of her other roles she is so likeable.
Heather Graham' s acting was awful, just awful. She needs to stick to Austin Powers, baby. The actress playing Cathy was so not the right one for that role. I think she was too young. Many actors/actresses play parts that are younger than their ages, and they do it well. I think there was surely someone who could've played the part of Cathy and done her character justice. Miss Shipka's acting skills were ok, she just wasn't the right "fit". The actor portraying Christopher was ok, just ok. At least he appeared believable age wise.
This version was more true to the book. But I think there wasn't enough time to "flesh out" the story, everything was rushed. I suppose that may be a good thing, to get it all over quicker.
Lastly it's a sad thing that I enjoyed the haunting version of Guns n Roses Sweet Child O' Mine better than this movie.
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