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Bless the child

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Movie propaganda

Mankind's last hope just turned six.

Omens and concepts of good versus evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's (Kim Basinger) well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital - that is, until her wayward kid sister, Jenna (Angela Bettis), shows up on her doorstep one rainy Christmas Eve and saddles Maggie with an autistic newborn child named Cody (Holliston Coleman).

Cody quickly touches Maggie's heart and becomes the daughter she has always longed for. But six years later Jenna suddenly re-enters her life and, with her mysterious new husband, Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell), abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits), an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realises 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.

Persons of interest

  • 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 .... Detective Frank Bugatti
  • Lumi Cavazos .... Sister Rosa
  • Dimitra Arliss .... Dahnya
  • Eugene Lipinski .... Stuart
  • Anne Betancourt .... Maria
  • Ian Holm .... Reverend Grissom
  • Helen Stenborg .... Sister Joseph
  • Cathy Cash Spellman .... Author
  • Clifford Green .... Screenwriter
  • Ellen Green .... Screenwriter
  • Chuck Russell .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Nowhere near as good as The irrefutable truth about demons, Bless the child is crap. It was made when mortgage repayments were due and work was thin. I won't waste any more of your bandwidth on this film.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.33:1
  • Subtitles: English captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 26 September 2001
DVD retail: 24 July 2002
VHS retail: 24 July 2002

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