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The Other (1972)

Uta Hagen , Diana Muldaur , Robert Mulligan  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky, Norma Connolly
  • Directors: Robert Mulligan
  • Writers: Tom Tryon
  • Producers: Robert Mulligan, Don Kranze, Tom Tryon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Other" on IMDb

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Like most 12-year-olds, Niles and Holland like to get into mischief. The only problem is when Holland gets into mischief, people have a funny way of "accidentally" dying. Niles knows that Holland is responsible for all the gruesome accidents happening in the neighborhood - the pitchfork hidden in the hay, the severed finger in the box, the baby in the wine barrel. He knows but dare not tell anyone, not even his beloved grandmother Ada (Uta Hagen), that Holland is the evil twin¿or is he?

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow-Building Chiller August 7, 2004
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"The Other" portrays young twin brothers (Niles & Holland) in depression-era, rural Connecticut. The boys live with and are being raised by their large extended family (including a very young John Ritter) after the death of their father. Their mother (Diana Muldaur of "LA Law") is unstable and has become a near recluse in her attic bedroom. The boys are thus free to run wild and wreak havoc on their family and neighbors.

Released in 1972, "The Other" is rather eerie with supernatural overtones, including a magic ring and a strange "game" the boys like to play with the help of their grandmother (the talented stage actress Uta Hagen). The tone is helped immensely by the controlled direction of Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird") as well as uniformly good acting; the twins are played skillfully by Chris and Martin Udvarnoky - this movie was their only one.

On the negative side, the story builds very slowly, and some viewers may be put off by the languid first half. However, the movie definitely pays off: the last 20 minutes are tense and chilling. There are a number of twists -- mostly obvious but very effective nevertheless. Overall, "The Other" is a solid suspense film that will entertain viewers who enjoy atmospheric chillers. Hopefully, it will be released soon on DVD, as the cinematography is really quite beautiful.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Psychological Thriller August 17, 2003
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I watched this film late at night after having seen "Freddy Vs. Jason" and I don't need to tell you that "The Other" freaked me out more. I would say this is more on the line of M. Night Shamylam's films like "The Sixth Sense" than a slasher/supernatural devil child movie. The film has a beautiful bucolic, rustic setting and takes place in the 1930s and involves the story of twin brothers, Niles and Holland, one who is good and the other, evil. Elements of "To Kill a Mockingbird" with the dark side of humanity as portrayed in Shirley Jackson's stories. There are some surprises and plot twists in this film that I will not spoil but it does set up things nicely and you will find yourself thinking back and having it all make sense. As beautiful as the setting was, there is a sense of dread underlying the film and I found myself caring enough about the characters and what was going to happen to them to worry about what their fate would be. The child actors portraying the twins are very natural and believable and the realationship between good twin, Niles and the Nanny played by Uta Hagen is very believable and well acted. Good chemistry. I have heard of this movie but usually listed for late night TV but always saw that it had 4 stars which differs from most late night movies. Well made and acted movie which was scary, chilling and tragic. Sadly, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that this type of movie wouldn't be shown at your neighborhood multi-plex these days. A lost gem that you should definitely check out to remind you of what a real thriller is. You will not regret it.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie--and a WARNING! August 2, 2004
By Tom
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This is a great and creepy film with some really clever twists that'll give you chills. The author (Tom Tryon) and cast did a wonderful job relating a very thoughtful, spooky, and edgy tale.

WARNING: A few of the reviews here at Amazon give away key surprises and plot twists. I therefore strongly recommend, if you haven't seen this film, to see it before reading any of these tell-all, giveaway reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks with the Best August 16, 2005
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Psychological horror at its best. No one who's seen The Other goes away unimpressed. As other reviews indicate, the movie has developed a strong cult following and deservedly so. Like so many low-key gems, this one too would likely fade into oblivion were it not for VHS and the internet, which can now build an audience from the grass-roots up. And this obscure little movie certainly merits revival.

Director Mulligan worked against convention, filming his classic in bright open sunlight, instead of the creepy shadow and low-key stage lighting dictated by Gothic tradition. But the style works, thanks to a fluid and highly intelligent camera. Watch the opening scene, as the slow pan meanders its way toward the solitary boy revealed finally in dreamy soft focus. This reverie sets the perfect psychological tone for the story and is key to the over-arching plot device. There are other moments of slow, silent pans that lend both atmosphere and creepy suspense, and I particularly like the way Mulligan stays with Niles' little world in spellbinding fashion. That way, the surrounding mayhem is only glimpsed and not belabored, allowing our imagination room to take over. For fans of the genre, his technique is reminiscent of Peter Weir's 1970's co-classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Horror films rarely rely on acting for their impact. This one, however -- as other reviewers point out -- is a rarity. The performances are first-rate, particularly the astonishingly fine turn by the Udvarnoky twins. Chris who plays Niles achieves a naturalness and spontaneity that is itself almost scary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm enjoying my purchase and picture quality is excellent and the service was outstanding.
Published 5 days ago by Everett Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and creepy
Loved it. Very creepy, and as good as I remember it from back when.
Published 2 months ago by sooz
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing but worth watching again and again
Probably one of the most disturbing films of my childhood. Not much gore, but with the incredible acting your imagination will thouroughly creep you out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan Sessler
4.0 out of 5 stars Children can be scarier than adults
If you like "The Bad Seed" you'll also like this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Tina A. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Hilda M. Sellers
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Published 3 months ago by Eric Eidelbach
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem that needs to be rediscovered
I happened to stumble upon this on YouTube and enjoyed the eerie and touching story of a boy and his dead brother. It is not creepy, really, just thoughtful and a bit sad. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars Children and horror stories
I saw this movie when I was a little girl and it stuck in my brain as the creepiest film I had ever seen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kelly R. Leader
3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie
This movie starts off slow, but has an eerie, sinister feel throughout the film, with a twisted end. I recommend this film highly, especially for movie lovers looking for a change.
Published 8 months ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an old flick
I saw this movie many years ago when it was first released and thought it was a decent psychological thriller. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kit Franz
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