The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour

DVD - 2002
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When a vindictive little girl is disciplined in an exclusive girl's school, the child twists an overheard comment into slander. She accuses her teachers of lesbianism and her gullible grandmother spreads the gossip. Outraged, Karen and Martha fight back in court, but a child's lie is hard to disprove.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Director of photography, Franz F. Planer ; film editor, Robert Swink ; music, Alex North.
Performers: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Language Note: Soundtracks: English, French. Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; closed captioned
ISBN: 079285408X
UPC: 027616881472
Call Number: DVD C


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Sep 15, 2017

Very enjoyable movie dispite it's dark subject. Wonderful to see the young A Hepburn, S MacLaine & J Garner. A Hepburn shows off her great acting skills.

Oct 17, 2015

Based on Lilian Hellman's play, which was itself based on a one hundred year old Scottish case, this controversial drama goes to great lengths to avoid the word "lesbian" which was still taboo in 60s cinema. Furthermore, a monumental meltdown by MacLaine only seems to reinforce the homophobia expressed by the staunchly conservative parents. But taken as a discomfiting time capsule it certainly leaves you with a stark idea of where we were and how far we've come. As an aside, in the role of Mary, the child who started the ball rolling in the first place, diminutive Karen Balkin gives us one of filmdom's most hateful little brats ever.


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