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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Sullivan
Margaret Sullivan
Javier's Wife
Custody Judge
Domenico D'Ambrosio ...
Plainclothes Cop
J. Winston Carroll ...
Judge (as John Carroll)


"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

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Some cases should never be opened. See more »

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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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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£183,088 (UK) (5 March 2010)


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

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This film was completed in 2007 and took three years to finally get released in the United States. See more »


When social worker is driving home (at beginning of the movie) already in her subdivision, the car windows are all up then when she is parking the car in front of her house her window is down and in another angle of her getting out (continuous motion) it is up again. See more »


[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Featured in Phelous & the Movies: Phelous Is on Case 39 (2010) See more »


Army Of Angels
Performed by Nadeshda Brennicke
Music by Michl Britsch and Nadeshda Brennicke
Lyrics by Nadeshda Brennicke
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Not Scary, but you will jump some
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Social Worker Emily (Zellweger) takes in 10-yr old Lillith (Ferland) whose parents tried to kill her.

Things kind of get wrapped up within the first 15-minutes and what else is there to do you ask yourself. Well, things aren't quite what they seem and by now, you will have figured it all out. But, again, it's in the telling that makes this a good movie and you stay with it.

This is billed as a horror movie and you know I don't review horror movies (hey, I have to sleep at night). Okay, so I took a chance. See? The acting is first rate by all and the pace is very good. There is a certain amount of tension and suspense and you won't sleep here.

Now, although you have figured things out, you have not figured out how this ends or should end, or will end …..whatever. That occupies your mind quite a bit. And, along the way, you find yourself jumping at certain things. Not really horror though, but could have been.

Renee Zellweger really got into her character to such a point I was mimicking her moves at times. I felt as though I was there. You'll see.

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, but only one or two F-bombs

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