The Others

August 10th, 2001

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The Others

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A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.7/10 (127,058 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan

A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They will live alone there with oppressive, strange and almost religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.

Nicole Kidman - Grace Stewart
Fionnula Flanagan - Mrs. Bertha Mills
Christopher Eccleston - Charles Stewart
Alakina Mann - Anne Stewart
James Bentley - Nicholas Stewart
Eric Sykes - Mr. Edmund Tuttle
Elaine Cassidy - Lydia
Renée Asherson - Old Lady
Gordon Reid - Assistant
Keith Allen - Mr. Marlish
Michelle Fairley - Mrs. Marlish
Alexander Vince - Victor Marlish
Ricardo López - Second Assistant
Aldo Grilo - Gardener

Taglines: How do you keep them out, when they've already invited themselves in?


Official Website: Central Partnership [Russia] |

Release Date: 10 August 2001

Filming Locations: Jersey, Channel Islands

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,089,952 (USA) (12 August 2001) (1678 Screens)

Gross: $209,800,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Finland:  | USA:

Did You Know?

The disease the children have is an actual disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum. It is very rare with roughly a thousand people in the world that have it.

Errors in geography: Near the end of the movie when Anna and Nicholas are walking away from the house they are moving away from it and this is clarified by Anna's line "We're not at the end of the garden yet" but when they stand before the grave stones a few shots afterwards, the house is behind the graves. We know for earlier on when Grace has been talking to the gardener that the graves are near the end of the garden.

[first lines]
Grace: Now children, are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin... This story started many thousands of years ago, and it was all over in just 7 days. All that long long time ago, none of the things we can see now, the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, the animals and plants, not a single one existed. Only God existed. And so only he could have created them. And he did.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

This is one of the best movies I have seen all year, and one of the top horror stories ever told. It's creepy, simplistic, and eerie.

I was impressed by the enchanting simplicity of the plot, the lack of need for "Hollywood" special effects, and the haunting atmosphere that loomed over everything from beginning to end.

The first half, or even three quarters, seemed to move along a bit slowly, but it felt necessary to build the suspense to the point where I was biting my nails in anticipation of the inevitable.

Nicole Kidman's character, Grace... I was torn between empathy and disgust for her at times, but she definitely succeeded at captivating me with their lives and story. Predictable in parts, but it still leaves you guessing. This was a quality ghost story, with an old fashioned ambiance; downright spooky.

I was in awe of the ending, a fairly intelligent premise. It's the kind of movie that lets you escape reality for a while by entertaining you, but at the same time, returns you to the "real world" with your spine tingling, wondering if there isn't some possibility of truth... Chilling.

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