Bless the Child


1h 47m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's 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, shows up on her doorstep one rainy Christmas Eve and saddles Maggie with an autistic newborn child named Cody. 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, abducts Cody. 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Elue, L', L' Elue
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Action
Adaptation
Horror
Thriller
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Cinema Research Corporation; Icon Productions; Icon Uk Group; Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience; Manex Entertainment; Nina Saxon Film Design; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Paramount Pictures
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Belga Films; Clt-Ufa International; Filmladen Gmbh; Gaga Communications (Parent); Icon; Icon Uk Group; Icon Uk Group; Medusa Film; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Pictures; Rialto Films; SND-Groupe M6; Shaw Organization; Skifan Hf; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Sogefilms
Location
New York, USA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's 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, shows up on her doorstep one rainy Christmas Eve and saddles Maggie with an autistic newborn child named Cody. 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, abducts Cody. 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.

Cast

Kim Basinger

Maggie O'Connor

Jimmy Smits

John Travis

Christina Ricci

Cheri

Rufus Sewell

Eric Stark

Ian Holm

Reverend Grissom

Angela Bettis

Jenna

Holliston Coleman

Cody

Lumi Cavazos

Sister Rosa

Michael Gaston

Bugatti

Eugene Lipinski

Stuart

Dimitra Arlys

Dahnya

Anne Betancourt

Maria

Helen Stenborg

Sister Joseph

Matthew Lemche

New Dawn Kid At Van

Daniel Warry-smith

New Dawn Kid

Elisabeth Rosen

New Dawn Kid

Tony Del Rio

New Dawn Kid

Nicole Lyn

New Dawn Kid

Michael Mclaughlan

New Dawn Kid

Jonathan Malen

New Dawn Kid

Vince Corazza

Reverend'S Assistant

David Eisner

Doctor Ben

Gary Hudson

Maggie'S Date

Samantha O'dwyer

Cody Age 3

Nicolas Marti Salgado

Martin Casillas

Marcia Bennett

Head Nurse

Peter Mensah

Good Samaritan Janitor

Yan Birch

Good Samaritan On Bridge

Alexa Gilmour

Goodm Samaritan In Subway

Wanda Lee Evans

Woman On Bus

Cedric Smith

Pediatric Doctor

Dwayne Mclean

Homeless Man

Brenda Devine

Woman With Sick Daughter

Lauren Spring

Daughter

Christopher Redman

New Dawn Intern

Jovanni Sy

Code Blue Doctor

Trevor Bain

Task Force Investigator

Brian Heighton

Techie

Christopher Marren

Diner State Trouper

Todd William Schroeder

Diner State Trouper

John Healy

Diner Local Policeman

Dylan Harman

Boy In Playground

David Sparrow

Crawford

Michael Copeman

Police Lieutenant

Neil Girvan

Detective

Carol Lempert

Detective

Kelvin Wheeler

Detective

Tony Meyler

Detective

Richard Carmichael

Task Force Detective

Roman Podhora

Desk Sergeant

Dean Gabourie

Alley Officer

Arnold Pinnock

Alley Officer

Teresa Pavlinek

Dentist'S Receptionist

Jeffrey Caudle

Boy In Dentist'S Chair

Catherine Fitch

Sister Helena

Neville Edwards

Pier Cop

John Shepherd

Mr Czernik

Norma Edwards

Mrs Czernik

Leeza Gibbons

Herself

Dan Duran

Reporter

Sandi Stahlbrand

Reporter

Mia Lee

Newscaster

Matt Birman

Upstate Cop

Meredith Mcgeachie

Nurse

Henry Alessandroni

Hospital Cop

Austin Reed

Baby Cody

Corrina Reed

Baby Cody

Brianna Reed

Baby Cody

Crew

John K Adams

Dialogue Editor

Carl Aldana

Storyboard Artist

Lars Anderson

Other

Ray Angelic

Production Manager

Pete Anthony

Original Music

Deborah Aquila

Casting

J H Arrufat

Dialogue Editor

Bruce Babcock

Original Music

Ani Baravyan

Assistant Director

Bob Baron

Adr Mixer

John Bell

Original Music

Frank Bennett

Original Music

Matt Birman

Stunt Coordinator

Kenneth Burgomaster

Other

Greg Cannom

Makeup & Creature Effects Consultant

Richard Cantu

Camera Operator (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

David M. Chisholm

Visual Effects On-Set Coordinator

David Chisholm

Effects Coordinator

Konstantinos Christides

Other

David B Cohn

Dialogue Editor

Raymond Consing

Storyboard Artist

Denise Cronenberg

Costume Designer

Scott Curtis

Foley Editor

Dennis Davenport

Art Director (2nd Unit) (-Sarnia)

Bruce Davey

Executive Producer

Zack Davis

Adr Supervising Editor

Paul Elliot

Hair Stylist

David Emmerichs

Steadicam Operator

David Emmerichs

Camera Operator

Tammy Fearing

Foley Editor

Robert Fernandez

Music Mixer

Sarah Halley Finn

Casting

Barbara Fiorentino

Casting Associate

Donald Flick

Sound Effects Editor

Stephen Hunter Flick

Supervising Sound Editor

Elinor Rose Galbraith

Art Director

Brenda Gilles

Costume Supervisor

Angel Gonzales

Camera Operator (2nd Unit) (-Sarnia)

Nicholas J Gray

Production Manager

Clifford Green

Screenwriter

Ellen Green

Screenwriter

Tony Guerin

Camera Operator

Dana Gustafson

Foley Supervising Editor

Jason Hamer

Prosthetics Technician (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Robin Harlan

Foley Artist

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Alan Heim

Editor

Richard O Helmer

Special Effects Coordinator (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Tanya Noel Hill

Music Editor

Will Hoddinott

Location Manager

Myron Hoffert

Assistant Director

Peter Hudecki

Storyboard Artist

Dean Humphreys

Re-Recording Mixer

Joel Hynek

Visual Effects Supervisor

Shonagh R B Jabour

Makeup Artist

William Jacobs

Sound Effects Editor

Michael Kavanagh

Special Effects Coordinator

Carol Keith

Production Coordinator (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Lis Kern

Executive Producer

Jon Kull

Original Music

John Kwiatkowski

Adr Editor

Elis Lam

Set Designer

Owen Langevin

Sound Mixer

Stratton Leopold

Co-Producer

Stratton Leopold

Unit Production Manager

Dick Lewzey

Music Recording

J P Locherer

Camera Operator

John Macgillivary

Special Effects Foreperson

Michael Madden

Set Designer

Charles B Maynes

Sound Effects Editor

Peter Menzies

Director Of Photography

Sarah Monat

Foley Artist

Kevin Murphy

Camera Operator (2nd Unit) (-Sarnia)

Glenn Neufeld

Visual Effects Supervisor

Mace Neufeld

Producer

Peter Nicolakakos

Set Decorator

Jae Pak

Graphic Artist

Anne Paynter

Production Coordinator

Vince Peets

Storyboard Artist

Karen Pidgurski

Publicist

Paul Power

Storyboard Artist

Jasper Randall

Other

Anna Rane

Script Supervisor

Jonathan Rees

Other

Robert Rehme

Executive Producer

David Reynolds

Score Coordinator

Tom Rickman

Screenwriter

Donald Roos

Screenwriter

Matthew H Rowland

Assistant Director

Chuck Russell

Screenwriter

Adam Sawelson

Re-Recording Mixer

Liz Schrek

Music Production Coordinator

Debbie Schwab

Production Supervisor (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Susan Carol Schwary

Hair Stylist (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Randy Singer

Foley Mixer

Brian Sipe

Prosthetics Technician (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Frank Smathers

Supervising Dialogue Editor

Cathy Cash Spellman

Source Material (From Novel)

Carol Spier

Production Designer

Beth Sterner

Supervising Sound Editor

Charles Taylor

Other

Angela C Tortu

Assistant Director

Todd Tucker

Prosthetics Technician (Los Ageles Green Screen Unit)

Derick Underschultz

2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit) (Sarnia)

Graham Walker

Music Production Supervisor

Robert Warwick

Assistant Director

Kate Weiss

Assistant Director

Candace Westmore

Makeup Artist (Los Angeles Green Scree)

Joyce Westmore

Makeup Artist (Los Angeles Green Screen Unit)

Danny White

Special Effects Chief

David Williams

Dialogue Editor

Gernot Wolfgang

Other

Dan Yale

Foley Editor

Chris Young

Music

Christopher Young

Music

Film Details

Also Known As
Elue, L', L' Elue
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Action
Adaptation
Horror
Thriller
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Cinema Research Corporation; Icon Productions; Icon Uk Group; Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience; Manex Entertainment; Nina Saxon Film Design; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Paramount Pictures
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Belga Films; Clt-Ufa International; Filmladen Gmbh; Gaga Communications (Parent); Icon; Icon Uk Group; Icon Uk Group; Medusa Film; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Pictures; Rialto Films; SND-Groupe M6; Shaw Organization; Skifan Hf; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Sogefilms
Location
New York, USA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 11, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2001

James Foley was previously attached to direct.

Tom Rickman was previously attached to write the screenplay.

Began shooting June 30, 1999.

Completed shooting October 20, 1999.

Released in United States Summer August 11, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2001