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The Eternal (1998)

Trance (original title)
R | | Horror | 24 July 1999 (Japan)
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An alcoholic American couple travel to Ireland with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel O'Rourke Rachel O'Rourke ... Alice
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Ferriter
Alison Elliott ... Nora / Niamh
Jared Harris ... Jim
Sinead Dolan Sinead Dolan ... Nora's Mother
Raina Feig Raina Feig ... Young Nora
Jason Miller ... The Doctor
Jeffrey Goldschrafe Jeffrey Goldschrafe ... Jim, Jr.
Paula Malcomson ... Bartender
Paul Ferriter Paul Ferriter ... Joe / Niamh's Iron Age Lover
Christopher Walken ... Uncle Bill Ferriter
Niamh Dolan Niamh Dolan ... Iron Age Niamh
David Geary David Geary ... Nora's Father
Karl Geary ... Sean
Mark Geary ... Anlo
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Storyline

As with Almereyda's previous films, this one deals with a gothic subject in a modern context. Lushly filmed it concerns an alcoholic womans return to her Irish roots, only to turn into a film about a woman whose soul is desired by a 1000 year old witch. Written by Anonymous

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Evil sleeps, but never dies.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eternal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alison Elliott was cast after a Trimark executive was impressed by her performance in 'Wings of the Dove'. See more »

Goofs

When the girl cuts her throat near the end, the wound is clearly already there before she slices it. Additionally, she does not slice it directly where the wound is. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: In the beginning of the world, the earth and the sky were one creature, and it was the hardest thing to tear them apart. They loved each other so much. And that's why it rains. Because the earth and the sky are always trying to get back together. Mrs. Ferriter told me that, after my mother died, a long time ago, before I met Nora and Jim.
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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ethereal...
17 June 1999 | by CandyRSee all my reviews

A very interesting story. I think this film could have been so much more with a bigger budget. In my opinion, this was a very marketable movie idea with not enough financial backing. I would have liked to have seen more of Christopher Walken and even more chilling special effects throughout. The dialogue was a little dry, but was saved by the great cast. This movie is worth seeing at least once. It would have been better to see on the big screen but was only released direct-to-video in the U.S.


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