The Hours (movie)

2002 drama film directed by Stephen Daldry

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.

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
Box office$108,846,072


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.

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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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