The Hours (movie)

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The Hours
Directed byStephen Daldry
Produced byRobert Fox
Scott Rudin
Written byMichael Cunningham (novel)
David Hare
StarringNicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Meryl Streep
Ed Harris
John C. Reilly
Stephen Dillane
Miranda Richardson
Toni Collette
Music byPhilip Glass
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited byPeter Boyle
Distributed byParamount Pictures (US)
Miramax Films (worldwide)
Release date
December 27, 2002
Running time
114 min
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25,000,000
Box office$108,846,072

The Hours is a 2002 Anglo-American drama movie. It is based on Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours. Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep play the main characters. It was picked for nine Academy Awards and won one, Best Actress for Kidman.

Plot[change | change source]

The movie is about three women living in different times. The first is bipolar novelist Virginia Woolf (Kidman) trying to write the novel Mrs Dalloway in Richmond, Surrey in 1923. The second is Laura Brown, a housewife in California in 1951 who is reading the novel. The third is Clarissa Vaughan, who lives in New York City in 2001 and tends to a gay poet named Richard. He often calls her "Mrs. D" or "Mrs. Dalloway" in reference to the novel. The movie moves from one character to another many times and each character is shown for a similar amount of time.

Woolf struggles to write her novel. Her hand shakes and she cannot write well. The movie begins with her suicide where she fills her pockets full of rocks and drowns herself in the river Ouse in Sussex. In flashback, it shows her difficulty writing. Her sister Vanessa Bell comes over. Woolf is very fascinated when her niece Angelica finds a dead bird. Woolf kisses her sister very hard when she leaves. Finally, she tries to go to the train station and tells her husband Leonard that she would rather go back to the city than live in the countryside.

Laura is depressed and does not like her life. She makes a cake with her son for her husband and does it again when the first one does not come out right. Her friend Kitty is going to a doctor; something is wrong with her. Finally, she takes her son Richie and leaves him at a babysitter and rents a hotel room. She starts reading the book and then we see what it is through her mind – she suddenly imagines that there is a lot of water coming up, like she is drowning.

Vaughn is hosting a party for Richard to celebrate something. She spends a lot of time preparing food and decorations for the party. In the end, however, Richard kills himself by jumping out of the window.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada 17 January 2003
 United Kingdom 14 February 2003
 Ireland 14 February 2003
 South Korea 14 February 2003
 United States 14 February 2003
 Belgium 19 February 2003
 Argentina 20 February 2003
 Australia 20 February 2003
 Spain 21 February 2003
 Uruguay 21 February 2003
 Hong Kong 27 February 2003
 Peru 27 February 2003
 Brazil 28 February 2003
 Denmark 28 February 2003
 Finland 28 February 2003
 Hungary 6 March 2003
 Israel 6 March 2003
 Iceland 7 March 2003
 Italy 7 March 2003
 Mexico 7 March 2003
 Colombia 14 March 2003
 Portugal 14 March 2003
 Turkey 14 March 2003
 France 19 March 2003
 Chile 20 March 2003
 Netherlands 20 March 2003
 Greece 21 March 2003
 Austria 27 March 2003
 Germany 27 March 2003
 Slovenia 27 March 2003
 Poland 28 March 2003
 Sweden 28 March 2003
 Russia 3 April 2003
 Lithuania 11 April 2003
 Egypt 23 April 2003
 Estonia 2 May 2003
 Philippines 14 May 2003
 Japan 17 May 2003
 Romania 30 May 2003
 Czech Republic 31 July 2003
 Kuwait 18 November 2003

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