The Hours

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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.5/10 (58,020 voted)

Critic's Score: 81/100

Stephen Daldry

Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before.

Writers: Michael Cunningham, David Hare


Nicole Kidman

Virginia Woolf

Julianne Moore

Laura Brown

Meryl Streep

Clarissa Vaughan

Stephen Dillane

Leonard Woolf

Miranda Richardson

Vanessa Bell

George Loftus

Quentin Bell

Charley Ramm

Julian Bell

Sophie Wyburd

Angelica Bell

Lyndsey Marshal

Lottie Hope

(as Lyndsay Marshal)

Linda Bassett

Nelly Boxall

Christian Coulson

Ralph Partridge

Michael Culkin


John C. Reilly

Dan Brown

Jack Rovello

Richie Brown

Toni Collette


Our lives. Our story.


Official Website:
Paramount [United States] |

Release Date: 24 January 2003

Filming Locations: Biltmore Hotel – 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $338,622
(29 December 2002)
(11 Screens)

Gross: $108,846,072

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Nicole Kidman is the third person and first actress to win an Oscar for a role played with a false nose. The other two are José Ferrer, for
Cyrano de Bergerac, and Lee Marvin for
Cat Ballou.


In Clarissa's first visit to Richard's apartment, she gathers up some garbage and then drops the bags on the floor. Later when she opens the apartment door to leave, the garbage bags are already outside the apartment in the hall.


Virginia Woolf:
It's on this day. This day of all days. Her fate becomes clear to her.

User Review

The Tragedy of Baking a Cake

Rating: 10/10

If you have read any of the other reviews on this page, you have probably
figured out "The Hours" is not the easy, mainstream film it was made out
be by the ads and the reviews. Starring three of today's most popular
leading actresses, winner of some Golden Globe awards, based on a Pulitzer
Prize winning novel, and the recipient of numerous rave reviews; it would
seem to be a film that would appeal to a lot of people.

"The Hours" is not a regular Hollywood type of drama film. It has more in
common with Ingmar Bergman films than with "Terms of Endearment." I think
the thing that most people are having problems with is that the film does
not explain what takes place or the significance of the context of what
takes place. Things happen and it is up to the viewer to decide what it
means. This is a controversial film and people will not only argue about
whether or not the film is worthwhile, but they can also debate what
takes place during the film. How a person interprets this film says more
about the person than the film.

The film follows a single day in the lives of three women in different
periods. During this day, each of them makes a decision that will affect
the rest of their life.

I felt the film improved upon the book by bringing more clarity into the
decisions of each character. Also, some of the most memorable lines and
scenes in the film did not exist in the book.

While I would normally be the last person in the world to say anything
positive about Phillip Glass, his score is evocative of the relentlessness
of time. This is accentuated by the ticking of the clock throughout the
film. The ethereal music also helps tie the three storylines together, to
make it seem as if they are happening simultaneously.

I think a lot of people were taken off-guard by this film because they
expecting a more standard type of drama. Also, the PG-13 rating implies a
lighter subject matter than is actually in the film. Just as a warning:
There is crying, suicide, and women kissing women. Even though the
and language is mild and there are no sex or nudity in the film, it should
have probably been given an R rating because of the extreme emotion
displayed in the film. Emotionally unstable people should probably not
this film.

As I said earlier, people will interpret this film differently since
are not spelled out for them. For the record, I did not think all three
women were suffering from clinical depression as suggested by some people.
Virginia's malaise would seem to fit the description of schizophrenia
than clinical depression. Clarissa was suffering from regret over a
decision she made thirty years previous and the feeling that she will
experience that happiness again. That does not necessarily mean she is
clinically depressed. Laura is the depressed one and she makes a decision
to handle that depression the way she thinks is best for her. Also, I do
not feel Virginia was either incestuous or a lesbian. I think she was
expressing her desperation through her disease and it came out in a
unacceptable manner.

There is no doubt in my mind that "The Hours" is a great film. I only
recommend it to people who are up to the challenge of thinking about the
film long after they have left the theater and deciding about what it
It is not a film for everybody but I felt it was worth the