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The Other (1972)

By Luisa F. Ribeiro | Posted

An aura of creepiness infuses this psychological thriller about twin brothers, one good, one not so good, set in 1935 New England. Niles and Holland are 9-year-olds tucked away on a sprawling Connecticut farm where their family is reeling from the death of the boys' father. With their mother (a shimmering Diana Muldaur) suffused with grief and a large extended family (including a young John Ritter) too busy to give them any attention, Niles and Holland are taken under the wing of their complicated but loving Russian grandmother, Ada (the marvelous Uta Hagen), who believes she's helping the boys by revealing a few old-world secrets. Effectively adapted by actor/writer Tom Tyron from his novel of the same name and directed with a superb touch by Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird), The Other is dark, downright macabre, and ultimately tragic, and leaves a disturbing aftertaste that will last long beyond the Oct. 31 festivities.

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