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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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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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Rated PG-13 for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material
Runtime:
102 min
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Trivia:
Robert De Niro had originally planned on merely providing a brief cameo for the film - however after director Nick Hamm heard De Niro would be interested in his project, he asked De Niro to participate in a few more scenes that were all filmed within a week. De Niro later regretted this because his name was "splashed over all the advertisements".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Misspelling of the word "Disappearance" in one of the newspaper headlines at the end of the movieSee more »
Quotes:
Adam Duncan:[in a trance] Boobies!See more »
Soundtrack:
The Amazing MozzarellasSee more »

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Moose Hole - Review of Godsend, 3 May 2004
Author: Joseph Kastner (JAKastner@wi.rr.com) from Delafield, Wisconsin

We've all lost somebody close to us at some point in our lives whether it be a parent, a grandparent, cousin, a friend, a wife, or a girlfriend, it's happened to everyone. But for a parent to lose a child, especially in the prime of their life, has to be one of the most horrible experiences a parent can endure. The whole concept of the parent outliving the child is just so radically outrageous that no normal human being could ever fathom how such a person would feel, unless they themselves lost a child. In years past, one would lose a loved one, the time of grieving would take its course, and then that would be that. But times have changed and so have the methods of science, where a person would lose a loved one forever now the deceased can be brought back to life through the experimental method of cloning or at least that is the thought. Sounds more like some ungodly science-fiction novel right? Not anymore. Now that scientists have experimented on everything from sheep to mice to rabbits they now want to move on to humans, with some radical and inscrutable groups claiming they have already achieved the unthinkable … the birth of the first clone human being. Sooner or later, the moral convictions of mankind will contend with radical science to determine whether or not man can conquer death.

The story centers on a couple who decide to take the advice of a radical scientist and have their dead child cloned in order to return to their once happy life. Jesse and Paul may not have the most high paying jobs, the best house, or even the best neighborhood but there is one thing in there life that they would never be able to live without, their son Adam. Things within the Duncan household seem to be looking up with Paul being offered a better job which would require the family to move to a better quality neighborhood. But life takes a tragic turn when, just a day after his eighth birthday, Adam is fatally injured in a car accident and dies practically in his mother's arms. With their whole world turned upside-down and memories of their dead son everywhere in their home, the couple turn to Dr. Richard Wells, a radical genetics researcher, who claims to be able to take cells from the body of their dead son, place them in an egg from Jesse, and produce an identical version of Adam. All the couple would need to do is move into a new house, graciously provide by Dr. Wells himself, and promise not to tell anyone about the controversial procedure they are about to embark on. Once Adam is `re-born', the couple's life returns back to way things were before the accident … that is until young Adam crosses the age at which the original Adam died. From there the child has sleepless nights, a sudden lapse in emotions, and disturbing night-terrors that both frighten and confuse his parents. Could this be their just punishment for venturing into the realm of God or is there something else behind Adam's bewildering behavior? The story of Godsend is nothing more then a half-assed attempt at copying true a horror classic, Rosemary's Baby, and even The Others. What starts out as an intriguing insight into the moral and ethical complications behind the concept of cloning turns into an uneven and flat attempt at cheap thrills that leaves you with more question then when you started with.

The cast is mainly centered on only four characters and, unfortunately for the film, only one performs up to the standards expected of the movie-going public. Despite the fact that Robert DeNiro's character is a great opportunity for the outstanding veteran actor to add mad-scientist/researcher to his resume, the audience doesn't get as much of him as they would want which is sad since he is the only truly interesting character in the film. The filmmakers could have done a much better job at providing more information on character even if it was just revealed at the end of the film but they don't even do that. It is an absolutely pathetic sight to see the best thing a film has going for it, based on the cast, leave you totally confused based on his actions since no motivation or reasons are given to you for him doing what he has done within the course of the two hour feature. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who has really built up her film career over the past couple of years, is once again reduced to the second-hand eye candy is this film, including a scene where she is walking through the house in a white see-through sweatshirt that clearly shows her without a bra, which is just an absolute embarrassment to see in a film now adays … Come on people! Grow up! Greg Kinnear is pretty convincing as Paul Duncan but the character itself is a problem. He's a biologist but it takes him the longest time to figure out the thought that what may be wrong with the new Adam may be in his genes. Where did he get his college degree from? And Cameron Bright, who plays both the original and cloned version of Adam Duncan, attempts to come off as a creepy-cute kid but there nothing creepy or cutesy about him, he's just plain annoying. His `possessed' child voice and deep stares into absolutely nothingness feel like complete rip-offs of classic horror films, and not good ones at that.

Overall, what should be a film attempting to answer the moral and ethical issues brought up the revolutionary concept of human cloning only leaves you with the question of why you would pay eight dollars for an unimaginative and bewildering horror knock-off. Even if you go into this film giving the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt for ripping-off Rosemary's Baby, you'll still have problems with the film's uneven and utterly confusing second half. There are so many things wrong with this film that it is hard to decide where to start. Let's first focus on the reason why the couple would want to clone their son in the first place. The subject is brought up early in the film but the wife refuses to have another child and pushes the husband toward the cloning concept. If they had left it at that then that would be fine but later on in the film they show the couple having sex, before being broken up by the screams of their cloned son. Oh! You're opposed to the having a child through moral methods but not to having the occasional `wink-wink'? Another problem is that the film tends to throw bits and pieces of religion into the film's background (the most obvious being the `Godsend Institute') and yet the question of morals and ethics within a religious context are clearly excluded from almost any conversations. And how unsatisfying and completely confusing can you make an ending for a film that was practically a waste of time to begin with? Somehow the filmmakers managed to screw that up as well (without giving anything away, practically nothing is answered). What prevented this film from getting an absolute failure would have to be its intriguing first half and engaging performance from Robert DeNiro but not even those things can resurrect this beaten and bloody horse picture.

My Rating: ** out of 5 (Grade: D)

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