July 8, 2014 at 12:29 am #321804
I’m sure this won’t get much traction, but Lifetime is replaying Flowers in the Attic this Thursday, July 17 at 8pm and Friday, July 18 at midnight.
Despite no GoldDerby TV nomination for it, Ellen Burstyn is likely to get a nomination at the Emmys for Supporting Actress (defending her title in the same category, as she won last year for the miniseries Political Animals) for this role.
It often takes time for Lifetime telefilms to show up On Demand or DVD, so at least set your DVR’s and if/when Burstyn is nominated, you’ll be set to watch and discuss!
Based on V.C. Andrews’ controversial book that quickly became a cult classic, the Lifetime Original Movie “Flowers in the Attic” weaves the twisted story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are convinced by their mother Corrine (Heather Graham) to stay hidden in the attic of their wealthy grandparents’ mansion so she can reclaim the family fortune. But as her visits begin to wane after she becomes involved with a new husband (Dylan Bruce), the children endure unimaginable treatment at the hands of their ruthless grandmother Olivia Foxworth (Ellen Burstyn). As years go by and the eldest children Cathy (Kiernan Shipka) and Christopher (Mason Dye) come of age, both emotionally and physically, their family’s sordid past entraps them further as they look to each other for comfort.
Andrews’ first published novel, “Flowers in the Attic” was an instant hit when it was released in 1979, topping bestsellers lists in just two weeks. Captivating millions of readers worldwide, the book launched a series of five novels about the Dollanganger and Foxworth families. Andrews’ novels are famous for their twisted, rags-to-riches family tales that explore why people love to hate and hurt each other. Today, there are 106 million copies of her books that have been published in 95 countries.July 8, 2014 at 2:17 am #321806
I’ve seen it. It is awful. The acting is horrible, the story was rushed and Ellen Burstyn (I’m a huge fan) was average at best. One of the worst movies I have ever seen in my whole life.July 8, 2014 at 6:48 am #321807
I actually thought it was better than “Trip to Bountiful.” Now with that said, I really didn’t care for either too much, but FITA was the lesser of 2 evils. Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood were underwhelming in acting, so the acting basically counts each other off, except for Ellen Burstyn in part 1. I’m sorry, but i’m going to stick with my guns all awards season long to further state Lange blew Tyson’s average performance out of the water. Lange just won the TCA, and hopefully everyone will get it right and make up for an entire Sister Jude losing season. I love Tyson, and I would have LOVED to see her Tony winning performance, but her Lifetime movie DID NOT work on any level.July 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm #321808
Saw this and “Petals on the Wind”. Thought they were both cute and looked really well, so tech nominations would be deserving. Ellen Burstyn was fine, but I wouldn’t nominate her. This is a strike against Kiernan Shipka. Hopefully she won’t be like her onscreen mom by being only good on the show and nothing else.July 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm #321809
I’ve seen it. It is awful. The acting is horrible, the story was rushed and Ellen Burstyn (I’m a huge fan) was average at best. One of the worst movies I have ever seen in my whole life.
The same actress of which you speak was nominated for a cameo in this very category. Haha when it comes to this Academy, this category, and Ellen Burstyn (or any older veteran), I automatically prepare for the nomination. How perfect would it be if the six Emmy noms matched up with the GoldDerby TV noms?? [Bassett, Bates, Conroy, McDonald, Roberts, Tolman] If that happens – based on your review – I will delete Flowers in the Attic out of my DVR faster than Burstyn’s screentime in Mrs. Harris.