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Writer (WGA):
Mark Bomback (written by)
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30 April 2004 (USA) See more »
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Adam Duncan. Born: December 11, 1987. Died: December 12, 1995. Born September 23, 1996. See more »
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A couple agree to have their deceased son cloned, under the supervision of an enigmatic doctor but bizarre things start to happen years after his rebirth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Has potential, but it's a bit like watching molasses in January See more (193 total) »

Cast

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Greg Kinnear ... Paul Duncan

Rebecca Romijn ... Jessie Duncan (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)

Robert De Niro ... Richard Wells

Cameron Bright ... Adam Duncan

Merwin Mondesir ... Maurice, Young Thug

Sava Drayton ... Young Thug #2
Jake Simons ... Dan Sandler

Elle Downs ... Clara Sandler

Edie Inksetter ... Footlocker Cashier

Raoul Bhaneja ... Samir Miklat

Jenny Cooper ... Sandra Shaw (as Jenny Levine)
Thomas Chambers ... Jordan Shaw

Munro Chambers ... Max Shaw
Jeff Christensen ... Hal Shaw

Deborah Odell ... Tanya
Jordan Scherer ... Roy Hazen
Ingrid Veninger ... Mrs. Farr
Al Bernstein ... Godsend Receptionist

Tracey Hoyt ... Delivery Nurse

Leslie Ann Coles ... Patricia Café Owner

Chris Britton ... Dr. Lieber

Marcia Bennett ... Principal Hersch
Mari Trainor ... Godsend Nurse
Ann Holloway ... File Clerk

Zoie Palmer ... Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey ... Cora Williams

Devon Bostick ... Zachary Clark Wells
Mathew Peart ... St. Pius Student
Andrew Chalmers ... St. Pius Student
Sara Tough ... St. Pius Student
Claire Sheasgreen ... St. Pius Student

Melanie Tonello ... St. Pius Student
Matt Robinson ... High School Student
David Rehder ... Mr. Baker
Nancy Hochman ... Mrs. Baker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clare Stone ... School Girl #5

Lisa Ciara ... Girl at the Carnival (uncredited)
Darrell Hicks ... Doctor (uncredited)

Michael Tommer ... Boy Playing in Yard (uncredited)

Todd Wagner ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Hamm 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Bomback (written by)

Produced by
Mark Bomback .... co-producer
Chris Briggs .... associate producer
Christopher Briggs .... associate producer
Michael Burns .... executive producer
Marc Butan .... producer
Mark Canton .... executive producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Jon Feltheimer .... executive producer
Eric Kopeloff .... executive producer
Steve Mitchell .... co-producer
Sean O'Keefe .... producer
Robert Ortiz .... line producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Cathy Schulman .... producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
 
Cinematography by
Kramer Morgenthau 
 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
Steve Mirkovich 
 
Casting by
Sarah Finn 
Stephanie Gorin 
Randi Hiller 
 
Production Design by
Doug Kraner 
 
Art Direction by
Arvinder Grewal 
Nicolas Lepage 
Jarik Van Sluijs 
 
Set Decoration by
Amanda Carroll 
Nigel Hutchins 
Susan Ogu 
 
Costume Design by
Suzanne McCabe 
 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Benoit .... head of makeup department: Montreal
Suzanne Benoit .... key makeup artist
Susan Exton-Stranks .... hair stylist
Susan Exton-Stranks .... head of hair department: Montreal
Peggy Kyriakidou .... hair stylist
Diane Mazur .... makeup artist
Suzana Neziri .... hair stylist: New York
Carla White .... makeup artist: New York
 
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager: Montreal
Karen Gorodetzky .... production manager
Ted Miller .... unit production manager
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gavin Chen .... set trainee assistant director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Jeffrey Lazar .... first assistant director: additional photography
Laurie Mirsky .... first assistant director
Michal Page .... assistant director
John Stoneham Jr. .... second unit director
Don Terry .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Serge Archambault .... key scenic painter: Montréal unit
Charles-André Bertrand .... set decorator: reshoot
David P. Bonanno .... storyboard artist
James Deanes .... painter
David G. Fremlin .... set designer
John Galbraith .... key scenic artist
Jen Gillespie .... product placement coordinator
Kate Grant .... prop buyer
Jason Herriott .... head painter
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Andrij Molodecky .... property master
H. Nancy Pak .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Bob Beher .... sound editor
John Bires .... sound engineer
John Cannon .... first assistant sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Gasparik .... location sound assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
John Matter .... additional sound
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Jon Mete .... dialogue supervisor
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Tom Ozanich .... sound designer
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound effects editor
David Young .... additional sound
Jeff Glueck .... audio engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Marc Auclair .... special effects assistant
Bernard Guay .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Derek Bird .... digital compositor
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital compositor
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
David Fred Masselink .... film I/O coordinator
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Stern .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Brittney Banks .... stunt performer
Alexandre Cadieux .... stunt arranger
Jean Frenette .... stunt coordinator
Riley Jones .... stunt performer
Danny Lima .... stunt performer
Danny Lima .... stunts
Tina Mckissick .... stunts
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Anderson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Phil Calambakas .... best boy grip
Radium Cheung .... gaffer: New York
Ira Cohen .... gaffer
Dave Erlichman .... key rigging grip
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "a" camera
Eric Gearity .... key grip: New York
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Tom Houghton .... director of photography: New York
H. Christopher Hunter .... dolly grip
Gary Jackiewicz .... grip: New York
Nicolas Marion .... first assistant camera: re-shoots
Paul Michel .... best boy lighting
Simeon Moore .... electrician
Dominique Ricard .... camera operator: "a" camera, re-shoot
Dave Sansford .... generator operator: second unit
Peter Stranks .... still photographer: fine art photography
Peter Stranks .... unit still photographer
Jasper Vrakking .... 24 frame video operator
Paul Zoskey .... 24 frame video operator
 
Animation Department
Billy D. Choi .... animator
Gary Hebert .... animator
 
Casting Department
Amy Gossels .... casting: New York City
Kathleen Howell .... casting assistant
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Andrew McNeill .... extras casting assistant
Laura Terry .... casting associate: New York City (as Laura Heath Terry)
Scott D. Moore .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simonetta Mariano .... costume supervisor
Sheila Radovancevic .... costume truck supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kelly Cavill .... second post-production coordinator
Rick Grayson .... editorial assistant
Mark Harris .... first assistant editor: UK
Jennifer Hwang .... post-production coordinator
Janet Ogletree .... first assistant editor
Russell Pawson .... second assistant editor: UK
Jessica Roberts .... post-production assistant
Tolly Swallow .... trainee assistant editor: UK
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Gary Krause .... music editor
Christine H. Luethje .... music editor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Brian Tyler .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
David Di Venanzo .... head driver
David Di Venanzo .... transportation
Bernard Guay .... driver
Susan Shaw .... driver
 
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Drazen Baric .... assistant location manager
Jas Chima .... assistant: Nick Hamm
Donna Croce .... script supervisor
J.C. Cuthbert .... production assistant
Elizabeth Dixon .... business affairs coordinator
Melanie Donkers .... production assistant
Kevin Drysdale .... assistant: Eric Kopeloff (as Kevin 'Splevy' Drysdale)
Pamela Godwin-Austen .... international publicity: Premier PR/Lion's Gate )
Dan Gosse .... daily production assistant
Joel Green .... unit publicist
Pamela B. Green .... producer: main titles
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician
Gary Hebert .... title designer
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... production accountant
Lindsey Jaffin .... production secretary: re-shoots
Nancy Klein .... first assistant accountant
Rosemary Lara .... assistant: Mike Paseornek
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor: New York
Cam Mason .... assistant: Marc Butan
Robert M. Melnik .... senior vice president of business affairs
Bruno Michels .... production assistant: New York
Curtis A. Miller .... manager of production: Lions Gate
Veronica Miller .... first assistant accountant
Satsuki Mitchell .... executive: 2929 Productions
Kristen Morton .... unit travel coordinator
Anthony David Pace .... location assistant
Nicholas Pappas .... manager: business & legal affairs
Keith Park .... location manager
John Rakich .... assistant location manager
Robin M. Reelis .... assistant production coordinator
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Pascual Romero .... publicity and promotions
Daisy Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate
Eric Soussanin .... office production assistant: re-shoots
Alan Sutton .... fire safety
Jarik Van Sluijs .... creative director: main titles
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Melissa Milo .... assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Philip Spurvey .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Darlene Gorzela .... special thanks
Jon Hamm .... the director wishes to thank
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material
Runtime:
102 min
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Trivia:
Five different endings were shot for this movie and the released one is the tamest one.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Adam leaves the bathtub and walks away from the tub leaving the shower curtain open. A little later, the shower curtain is closedSee more »
Quotes:
[after the fight in the church]
Richard Wells:[in his car slapping the horn all shaken up] Why? Why? Why, didn't he listen?
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Far AwaySee more »

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43 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Has potential, but it's a bit like watching molasses in January, 20 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After losing their son, Adam (Cameron Bright), to a freak accident, Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie Duncan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), are approached by Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro), with a risky and illegal idea--to try "replacing" Adam with a clone.

In my way of looking at ratings, 7s are Cs. They tend to do as many things wrong as right. Godsend has some admirable script characteristics, a good to great cast and some very good technical aspects. But it also has negative script characteristics and some questionable directing and editing.

Overall, I believe Godsend is worth watching, so let's look at the positive points first. It's rare that filmic science fiction--and this is just as much as science fiction film as a thriller or horror film--tries to tackle "hard science" as exposition and motivation. Although Godsend also mixes some strong fantasy elements into its "twist" and the consequences that lead to the film being a thriller/horror picture, the basic idea is one rooted in actual genetics. De Niro is given quite a few mouthfuls of science-oriented dialogue that are fairly sound, and for my money, he delivers them well.

I'm a big fan of De Niro's, so I tend to be gracious in my evaluation of his work. But I could see where some viewers less enamored with De Niro overall might find his performance here questionable. It's certainly a bit different than normal, being oddly restrained and almost emotionless for much of the film. For me, that approach fit the character, given his profession and eventual revelations about his personality. The other three principles--Kinnear, Romijn-Stamos and Bright--were good in my view, but again I can see where some viewers could interpret their performances negatively. To me, however, all of the obvious problems stem from direction and editing, not the actors' work.

The biggest problem seems to stem from director Nick Hamm's comments about the horror/thriller genre. He has stated, "what was interesting to me about Godsend was that the horror and the suspense had nothing to do with anything supernatural or spiritual". Hamm isn't a very big fan of the fantasy aspect of horror, which to me, translates into not being a very big horror fan. This led to trying to create a horror film where suspense arises out of realist drama and psychological situations. The realist drama in Godsend tends to be very slow and relatively uneventful--just as one might expect from someone not really wanting to make a horror film. Psychological horror is barely approached. There just isn't enough that happens. There are two potential villains, but neither does much. It would be very difficult to call either "evil".

Kinnear and Romijn-Stamos aren't given enough to work with. They don't have anything very meaty to react to. Hamm seems too afraid to leave realist drama territory, at least in terms of the overall plot/action. That makes some of their "horrified" reactions seem shallow or false. Worse, Hamm doesn't seem to know how to cut horror films very well. Scenes go on far longer than they should, and occasionally almost seem as if we're seeing a bit of the footage either before Hamm said "Action" or after he called "Cut". A prime example of this is the scene near the end when Romijn-Stamos is walking through woods toward a shed.

Godsend is also one of the few cases where copious DVD extras may have hurt the film more than helped. The DVD contains four alternate endings, averaging about 12 minutes long each. These occasionally deviate strongly from the theatrical ending, but none seem quite satisfying (all of the more nihilistic endings that Hamm described on his commentary but which apparently weren't shot would have done the trick for me; I also liked the filmed tag suggesting a sequel). They all tend to drag on, an impression that isn't helped by the lack of a score and a sound effects soundtrack.

Also curious, given Hamm's dislike of the fantasy aspects of genre films, is the fact that the crux of the "twist" in Godsend is extremely loopy. What's happening with Adam makes little sense from a realistic/scientific standpoint, and how it happened just isn't possible. Of course, I'm not averse to fantasy, and I don't subtract points for elements in film that are wildly divergent from our beliefs and understanding of the actual world. But if Hamm is going to abandon realism when it comes to important plot points, why not abandon it wholesale, so that we can maybe see a film that deserves an A instead?

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