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Case 39 (2009)

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A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.



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"Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks. Written by Unknown

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some cases should never be opened. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caso 39  »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£183,088 (UK) (5 March 2010)


$13,248,477 (USA) (12 November 2010)

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The film was completed in 2007. It took 3 years for it to finally get released in the United States. See more »


The insects attacking Douglas in the bathroom are said and believed to be Hornets. However their appearance is black and they look more like flies. Hornets would really be brown-and-yellow striped and with an appearance more akin to that of a wasp. Hence hornets are a species of wasp. Black hornets ( a species of Asian Giant Hornets), however do exist but they grow to be at least two inches long give or take and would not be able to succeed in flying out of Doug's ears and nose. See more »


[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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A suspenseful film, full of threat and uncertainty
22 January 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a social worker taking a young girl into her home, as the girl's parents tried to kill her.

Though Renee Zellweger is not particularly convincing as a social worker, she conveys her feeling of threat very well, making her stressed out character vivid. The plot is good, as at first it makes you feel so sympathetic and sorry for the girl, then it slowly prepares you for something entirely different. The story is so engaging and scary, that I wanted to see more of what's going to happen, yet I wanted to see less because it's scary. "Case 39" is successful in creating a suspenseful atmosphere, full of threat and uncertainty. I don't know why "Case 39" is having trouble getting distribution and and a release date, as I find it a very scary horror film.

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