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Case 39 (2009)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 October 2010 (USA)
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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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Edward Sullivan
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Wayne
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Margaret Sullivan
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Nancy
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Diego
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Custody Judge
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Plainclothes Cop
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J. Winston Carroll ...
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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

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

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Caso 39  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,350,570 (USA) (2 October 2010)

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$13,248,477 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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Christian Alvart:  [mirror shot]  As Doug (Bradley Cooper) pulls hornets out of his right ear with a cotton swab, Doug is reflected by three mirrors, effectively showing him four times from all angles (and the hornets as well). See more »

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During the rainstorm scene where Emily flees her home to escape Lilith, she runs toward a bus. Emily, who is supposed to be wearing shorts is clearly in a pair of long legged pants in one shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Army Of Angels
Performed by Nadeshda Brennicke
Music by Michl Britsch and Nadeshda Brennicke
Lyrics by Nadeshda Brennicke
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Scary Horror Film that Deserved a Better and Darker Ending
26 August 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The dedicated social assistant of child service Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) has a huge backlog of cases of abused children to take care. However, her chief Wayne (Adrian Lester) delivers two more cases for her and Emily heads to interview the family of Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland), the young abused daughter of Edward Sullivan (Callum Keith Rennie) and Margaret Sullivan (Kerry O'Malley). Emily finds the parents very weird persons and forces Wayne to summon them for additional interviews. Emily connects to the sweet Lilith and during the night, she feels that the girl would be in danger and together with Detective Barron (Ian McShane), they invade the Sullivan's house and find the couple trying to burn Lilith inside the oven. Lilith is sent to a child care and she asks Emily to adopt her. Emily requests to take care of Lilith and the girl moves to her house. Sooner Emily learns that Lilith is not as innocent as she seems to be.

"Case 39" is a scary horror film with great screenplay and performances. The bleak story begins in the direction of a drama, and out of the blue shifts to a suspenseful psychological horror film as has some common aspects with "Orphan". The end is not bad with the victory of the good, but this film deserved a better and darker ending. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Caso 39" ("Case 39")


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