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Paperhouse (1988)

A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

Director:

Bernard Rose

Writers:

Catherine Storr (novel), Matthew Jacobs (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Burke Charlotte Burke ... Anna Madden
Jane Bertish Jane Bertish ... Miss Vanstone
Samantha Cahill Samantha Cahill ... Sharon
Glenne Headly ... Kate Madden
Sarah Newbold Sarah Newbold ... Karen (Anna's school friend)
Gary Bleasdale Gary Bleasdale ... Policeman
Elliott Spiers Elliott Spiers ... Marc
Gemma Jones ... Dr. Sarah Nicols
Steven O'Donnell ... Dustman
Ben Cross ... Dad Madden
Karen Gledhill Karen Gledhill ... Nurse
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Hotel receptionist
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Storyline

Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Is anybody there? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Paperhouse - Alpträume werden wahr See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$241,278
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bernard Rose composed a song called "A40 Overhead Station", which was used in Paperhouse in a scene where Anna and her mother are arguing while driving on a highway in London. Unfortunately, the song was never released and might no longer exist, however Hans Zimmer's tracks composed for Paperhouse were released on vinyl and CD shortly after the film's release. See more »

Goofs

At the hospital, the chest radiograph that can be seen on the negatoscope is incorrectly positioned. It should be flipped horizontally, so the heart shadow mainly occupies the right half of the image (as if the examiner was in front of the patient). See more »

Quotes

Dad Madden: I was beginning to think I was invisible.
Anna Madden: You don't have to be invisible to disappear, Dad.
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Connections

Referenced in Candyman (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Music by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
Published by Editions Harnelle
Arranged by Stanley Myers (uncredited)
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One of a kind
10 February 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Anna (Charlotte Burke), who is just on the verge of puberty, begins to have strange dreams which start affecting her in real life--especially involving a boy named Mark (Elliott Spiers) who she meets in her dreams.

Very unusual fantasy with some truly terrifying moments. Despite the fact that this is about a teenage girl and has a PG-13 rating, this is NOT for children. Also, if you hate fantasies stay far away. But if you're game for something different this fits the bill.

Well directed by Bernard Rose with a just beautiful music score and a few nice, scary jolts. The only thing that prevents this from being a really great movie is Burke--she's not a very good actress (it's no surprise that this has been her only film) and it hurts the movie. However, everybody else is just great.

Spiers is very good as Mark; Glenne Headley (faking a British accent very well) is also very good as Anna's mother and Ben Cross is both frightening and sympathetic as Anna's father.

A sleeper hit when released in 1988, it's since faded away. That's too bad--it's really very good.


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