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The Good Son (1993)

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A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of violent behavior.

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Following his mother's death, Mark is sent to Maine to visit his aunt and uncle while his father goes on a business trip to Tokyo. Mark meets his cousin, Henry, and the two quickly form a friendship. However, Henry begins to show signs of violent behavior that worry Mark. Written by Sam

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death | aunt | boy | highway | jealousy | See All (119) »

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El mal tiene muchas caras (Evil has many faces) (Spanish DVD) See more »

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Rated R for acts of violence and terror involving a disturbed child | See all certifications »

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24 September 1993 (USA)  »

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El ángel malvado  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$44,594,000 (USA)
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Michael Klesic was originally cast in the role of Henry Evans in 1988. The film was soon later put on hold due to lack of funding. A couple years later Jesse Bradford was cast as Henry Evans because the original child actors had grown too old for their parts. The project was once again put on hold and the same problem happened. Then, was once again re-cast and finally shot and released in 1993. See more »

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The same shot of a Chevrolet Caprice sliding into a blue car, and then a Ford LTD into those is used twice in the freeway wreck scene, from different angles. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Do you know what you did?
Henry: Hey, come on. We did it together.
Mark: You could've killed people...
Henry: ...with your help...
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Mr. Highway
Music composed by Elmer Bernstein
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Good. Dark. Realistic.
20 July 2003 | by (ARKANSAS) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. Macaulay Culkin was excellent in this. The Good Son is about Mark(Elijah Wood), a young boy suffering in the recent loss of his mother, going to visit his aunt, uncle, and two cousins in Maine while his dad takes a business trip to Tokyo. Cousin Henry Evans(Macaulay Culkin) is Mark's age and they soon become good friends and have loads of fun each day, but soon Mark starts to see another side of Henry when they start putting some of Henry's ideas into action, including throwing a dummy called Mr.Highway over an overpass that causes a huge multi car wreck and a big smile on Henry's face, and shooting a dog with a homemade gun. Mark starts to think Henry deliberatly tried to kill his liitle brother years ago, and is plotting to kill the rest of the family. This movie is a bit disturbing, but good all the same.

Rated R for Violence and Language.


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