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Midnight's Child [DVD]

Marcy Walker , Cotter Smith , Colin Bucksey    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marcy Walker, Cotter Smith, Olivia d'Abo, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Norton
  • Directors: Colin Bucksey
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQ5JPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Story of a happily married couple with two children who hire a nanny, unaware of what was to befall them. They seem happy with their new nanny until a series of accidents occur.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 90's flick!! 4 Dec 2012
By babyday
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Synopsis- When the Cowan family hires Anna a Swedish nanny,to take care of their daughter Christina,they do not realise that they are putting their daughters life in danger.It isnt long before Kate notices subtle changes in her household that further fuel her suspicions.Her daughter is becoming distant & her husband,Nick,more secretive as the nanny seems to be taking control of the entire household.Afraid harm will come to her family,Kate begs Nick to fire Anna.But Nick is convinced Kate is overreacting,so Kate alone must try to show Nick the influence that Anna has over them & try to put i stop to it at once!
I had watched this on tv years ago but never knew what it was called so am thrilled to finally find this movie! 'hand that rocks the cradle' with a satanic edge,i really enjoyed this.It is slow in parts & it takes awhile for the story to build,but if your a fan of 90's made for tv movies then you will love this!
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2.0 out of 5 stars WAITING FOR MY PRINCE 22 Jun 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Young Au Pair Anna Bergman (Olivia D'Abo) arrives at an LA household to care for seven year old Christina (Elisabeth Moss). Like most stories, whenever a new female is hen house, the wife (Marcy Walker) develops suspicions and doesn't want to share the household after all. Anna has a suspect past and is not completely honest. She engages in mild manipulation as things escalate in this made for TV horror-thriller.

This is perhaps 3-4 stars on a made for TV scale, but judging by today's eyes, 2-3 stars is best. I have seen too many young girl in the house cat fighting with the wife over the husband type thing that I have grown weary of them. So unless they come with an "A" game, I don't get excited.

Currently available in a 15 film Echo Bridge set of American Horror.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight movie fare 1 Jan 2010
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Being a super-huge fan of The Wonder Years, I was eager to watch this film once I learned that Olivia d'Abo (who played Karen Arnold) was the primary player in the drama. Had I known this was a Lifetime-produced movie with Victoria Principal as executive producer, or that d'Abo would be speaking in a questionable fake Swedish accent throughout, I might have had second thoughts, but what I didn't know didn't kill me. As much vitriol as some pour out on Midnight's Child, I didn't think it was all that bad of a movie. I'm not saying it's a new favorite of mine because it most certainly isn't, but it is certainly watchable (albeit ultimately disappointing).

When Anna Bergman (d'Abo) first arrives at the home of Nick and Kate Cowan, she seems like a shy but sweet young woman the couple can trust as their daughter's au pair. Little do they know that this young Swedish girl actually murdered the real Anna Bergman and assumed her identity for some nefarious purpose all her own. After a rough first day, Anna soon begins to fit in quite well, and little Chrissy quickly comes to adore her - a little bit too much, as far as Kate is concerned. She spends most of her waking hours at work, so it's only natural she would become a little jealous of her young daughter's relationship with Anna. This goes way beyond simple jealousy, though, as Kate becomes more and more paranoid and hysterical as the days go by. Before all is said and done, she finds herself fighting to protect her daughter from a danger she never could have imagined.

Midnight's Child has some significant problems. Kate's behavior appears irrational because there is very little to justify her paranoid delusions, and that makes her an exceedingly annoying character to deal with as the story progresses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight movie fare 1 Jan 2010
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Being a super-huge fan of The Wonder Years, I was eager to watch this film once I learned that Olivia d'Abo (who played Karen Arnold on the show) was the primary player in the drama. Had I known this was a Lifetime-produced movie with Victoria Principal as executive producer, or that d'Abo would be speaking in a questionable fake Swedish accent throughout, I might have had second thoughts, but what I didn't know didn't kill me. As much vitriol as some pour out on Midnight's Child, I didn't think it was all that bad of a movie. I'm not saying it's a new favorite of mine because it most certainly isn't, but it is certainly watchable (albeit ultimately disappointing).

When Anna Bergman (d'Abo) first arrives at the home of Nick and Kate Cowan, she seems like a shy but sweet young woman the couple can trust as their daughter's au pair. Little do they know that this young Swedish girl actually murdered the real Anna Bergman and assumed her identity for some nefarious purpose all her own. After a rough first day, Anna soon begins to fit in quite well, and little Chrissy quickly comes to adore her - a little bit too much, as far as Kate is concerned. She spends most of her waking hours at work, so it's only natural she would become a little jealous of her young daughter's relationship with Anna. This goes way beyond simple jealousy, though, as Kate becomes more and more paranoid and hysterical as the days go by. Before all is said and done, she finds herself fighting to protect her daughter from a danger she never could have imagined.

Midnight's Child has some significant problems. Kate's behavior appears irrational because there is very little to justify her paranoid delusions, and that makes her an exceedingly annoying character to deal with as the story progresses. A much bigger problem, though, comes from the setup (or lack thereof, to be precise) of the ending. You basically have one of the characters undergo a complete personality change, and there is really no explanation for the sudden U-turn in the character's actions and demeanor. It leads me to believe that a pretty important scene must have ended up on the cutting room floor - either that or the script writer wasn't very good at his job. Some might argue that the actual ending of the film should have ended up on the cutting room floor, as well, as it is rather silly and predictable. This isn't a movie you're going to want to watch a second time, but it makes for no worse than an average viewing experience the first time around.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad. 17 Aug 2007
By R. taran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I do not under stand all the bad talk about this movie; I mean come on! this was not intended as a hollywood block buster, it was made for lifetime TV. If you actually watch the movie closely or more than once, you will see that it is really kinda eerie. I watched this movie the very first time it was aired on october 1992 and now I have the DVD!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanny From Hell With An Evil Plan 24 Nov 2013
By Raven - Published on Amazon.com
Nice couple hires pretty sweet and nice angelic looking blonde girl as a nanny for their daughter. However what the poor parents do not know is nanny dearest has an agenda of her own a demonic one her goal make the poor girl Satan's bride, eek. Later on a nice elderly man calls the childs mother to warn her about the nanny and that they must stop her to save the girl, there's a surprising connection between devil nanny and and him as well, don't want to give away too much and spoil it for you. I saw this movie a few times in the past but I saw it here and just had to give it a review yep it's that good
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How Low Can You Go 17 May 2014
By caroline fedotowsky - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is tripe, a poorly written knock off of Rosemary's Baby absent any imagination or logic. I am bemused that the wife apparently accepts her husband back despite his giving their daughter to the devil. Poor parenting shouldn't be rewarded. Note to self: never watch any thing directed or produced by this company!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and suspense 11 April 2010
By Robyn B. Mcgorm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this show very much and it leaves the imagination to the actors to express and give. It never lets you sit around and a must for all movie goers to watch. i enjoyed the dvd.
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