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THE HOURS


Year: 2002
USA: Paramount
UK: Buena Vista International
Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C Reilly, Miranda Richardson, Eileen Atkins, Linda Bassett, Christian Coulson, Charley Ramm
Director: Stephen Daldry
Country: USA
USA & UK: 114 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some disturbing images and brief language
UK Certificate: 12A contains single use of strong language and suicide theme
USA Release Date: 27 December 2002 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 14 February 2003

Synopsis

Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) lives in Richmond, London, in the early 1920s, battling insanity as she begins to write her first great novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Over two decades later, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a wife and mother in Los Angeles at the end of World War II, who is reading 'Mrs. Dalloway' and finding it so revelatory that she begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. And then, in contemporary New York City, there is Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a modern version of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, in love with her friend Richard (Ed Harris), a brilliant poet dying of AIDS. All three stories intertwine and finally come together in a surprising and transcendent moment of shared recognition.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs. Dalloway', THE HOURS is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham adapted by David Hare. THE HOURS won two Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Actress (Drama) for Nicole Kidman.










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