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The Bad Seed DVD

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Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) is a well-mannered 8-year-old little lady - and an efficient, unfeeling killer. And in this spellbinding chronicle of evil, whatever Rhoda wants, she ruthlessly gets. Her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly), reluctantly made to see her offspring's moral blindness at work, is heartrendingly torn between the love for the child she bore and grief for Rhoda's victims.

From Maxwell Anderson's stage hit, The Bad Seed ticks like a time bomb under the skillful direction of Mervyn LeRoy, who cast several Broadway production originals, including Kelly (recreating the role that won her a Tony), McCormack and Eileen Heckart. their harrowing performances captured three of this suspenseful movie's four Academy Award nominations - and make this thriller one of the great ones.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 129 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Commentary By Patty McCormack and Charles Busch
    New Making-f Documentary Enfant Terrible: A Conversation With Patty McCormack
    Theatrical Trailer
Reviews
16 Reviews
4.6

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NoneThe Bad Seed DVD
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (11)
  • Entertaining (11)
  • Original (10)
  • Great cinematography (3)
  • High production value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (14)
  • Adult viewers (9)
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5.0

Ruthless describes it!

By Mimi

from Albuquerque, NM

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    One of the scariest movies that I saw as a child, no remake could make it better.

     
    3.0

    What you see isn't always what you get

    By Foxtrot

    from George, SC

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Entertaining

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      The role of the mother was that of a weakling, so that wasn't so great. She should've portrayed more strength.

       
      5.0

      A Classic

      By Libhill

      from TX

      About Me Casual Viewer

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • In The Car
        • Travel

        Comments about this product:

        This movie was the first "bad child" movie. It still gives us the creeps when we watch it. Performances are great. And the credits are a tease to what happens if you reveal the ending to anyone else.

         
        5.0

        Great old movie, humerus

        By Rachelle

        from Estacada, Oregon

        About Me Casual Viewer

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Funny
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Humerus
        • Original

        Cons

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          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          I watched this old movie on the suggestion of my sister who loves this movie. I generally do not like scary movies, but found this to be a great humerus movie, I loved the acting by all the actors, especially the man who lived in the basement and of course the little princess, her mom was a hoot too! Their facial expressions are wonderful. Just loved this movie, a great find!

           
          3.0

          A little drawn out

          By Donna

          from Fairfield, CA

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          Pros

          • Mystery
          • Original

          Cons

          • Poor Plot Development
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          The plot moves a little slow. It seems it was a stage play and that's how the woman, that plays the mother, acts.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Bad Seed is Awesome

          By TWP

          from Westchester, NY

          About Me Movie Buff

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            Great rainy afternoon movie

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Different...In a Good Way

            By Mialejandra

            from Laveen , Az

            About Me Avid Moviegoer

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Original

            Cons

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              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              I actually really liked this Film. It offers a very unusual Plot and Climax that I found to be surprising considering it was Filmed in 1956. Both Nancy Kelly and Eileen Heckart did an excellent job in this one.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nothing to do with planting!

              By Val

              from Ventura, CA

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              Pros

              • Original

              Cons

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                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home

                Comments about this product:

                I had seen this movie years ago and was glad to purchase it for my collection. Excellent movie!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Startingly different!

                By CIBOLO

                from San Antonio, TX

                About Me Movie Buff

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Special Needs

                  Comments about this product:

                  Closing Credits: "You have just seen a motion picture whose theme dares to be startlingly different. May we ask that you do not divulge the unusual climax of this story. Thank you." This film classic fits better into the psychological thriller genre...it's not really a horror film as I define horror. The quote above from the closing credits is correct...this was a startlingly different film in the 1950s...actually it still is today. The film poses the question...what if homicidal tendencies are genetic and not subject to influence by parenting or a wholesome environment? You see, Christine Penmark, the mother of the spoiled little darling, Rhoda, learns during the course of this movie that she was adopted...and that her biological mother was a notorious killer. If the 8 year Rhoda is a homicidal sociopath, as Christine suspects, then isn't she responsible as the mother with the "bad seed"? If she is responsible, then how does she deal with that? That will set the stage for this intelligent, exceptionally well written psychological thriller. It is exceptionally well acted too, with Nancy Kelly as the mother Christine; and Patty McCormack (in her film debut) as Rhoda...both were nominated for Oscars; as was Eileen Heckart, who plays the drunken mother of a little boy Rhoda may have murdered. Also look for some fine performances in the support cast, especially Henry Jones as Leroy, the suspicious maintenance man; Evelyn Varden as Monica, the landlady; William Hopper as Col. Kenneth Penmark, Christine's husband and Rhoda's father; and Paul Fix as Richard Bravo, Christine's father. Mervyn LeRoy also performs masterfully behind the camera, putting it all together. This was adapted from a stageplay and many of the actors reprised their roles from the play, including Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great movie!

                  By Therese

                  from Mt. Vernon, IL

                  About Me Movie Buff

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home

                    Comments about this product:

                    The movie is a great edge-of-your-seat thriller! It has it's share of comedic moments also!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Still A Great Movie

                    By Movie lover

                    from Pennsylvania

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home

                      Comments about this product:

                      I watched this movie with my granddaughter and we loved it, just as I had when I saw it as a child.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I could watch this over and over

                      By Mona

                      from Texas

                      About Me Movie Buff

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Adaptation

                      Cons

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                        • At Home
                        • Perfect Gift

                        Comments about this product:

                        this was an Awesome movie for its time. Child Killers were fairly rare in this time period and the adaptation of the stage play to movie was brilliant. The Actors did a FANTASTIC job of crossing that critical bridge from stage to screen.

                         
                        5.0

                        Have to see it to believe it.

                        By Bonnie blue

                        from Brea,CA

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Entertaining
                        • Great movie

                        Cons

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                          • Adult Viewers
                          • At Home

                          Comments about this product:

                          Have seen this movie in the past,remembered how good it was and had to buy it!

                           
                          4.0

                          Scary...dark drama - staged like a play.

                          By Come back, Shane!

                          from Saint Augustine, FL

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                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Adult Viewers

                            Comments about this product:

                            Broadway hit brought to the screen. Mostly same fine actors and script...well done.

                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Original Description Stinks

                            By Pan

                            from Bethlehem, PA

                            About Me Movie Buff

                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • At Home

                              Comments about this product:

                              Whoever wrote the original description just about trashed the movie. This really stinks since the movie is very, very good. The descriptor sounds extremely obnoxious and arrogant, this we can ALL live without. If he/she is truly a critic - he/she needs sorely to go back to school. The Bad Seed is an excellent movie.

                              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              don't judge a book by its cover

                              By movie buff/collector

                              from sacramento, ca

                              About Me Movie Buff

                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • Younger Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              childern are good actors, examples: patty mcCormack, the bad seed; margaret o'brien, jane eyer, 1944; claude jarman jr, the yearling, 1956; brandon de wilde, shane, 1953. these kids are GREAT. also, 55 years later we now know that most everything can be inherited.

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