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Joshua -- A smart, bone-chilling psychological thriller about an upscale American family faced with an inner source of horror: their own child.
Joshua -- The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.
Joshua -- Clip: The book of Joshua
Joshua -- Behind the scenes: Rockwell, Kogan, and baby
Joshua -- Interview: Jacob Kogan "On his character"


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Release Date:
13 July 2007 (USA) See more »
The story of a perfect boy who had a perfect plan. See more »
The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
George Ratliff 
Writing credits
David Gilbert (written by) and
George Ratliff (written by)

Produced by
Johnathan Dorfman .... producer
Thomas Fatone .... associate producer
Temple Fennell .... executive producer
Dan O'Meara .... executive producer
George Paaswell .... co-producer
Original Music by
Nico Muhly 
Cinematography by
Benoît Debie (director of photography) (as Benoit Debie)
Film Editing by
Jacob Craycroft 
Casting by
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto 
Production Design by
Roshelle Berliner 
Art Direction by
Katya DeBear 
Set Decoration by
Amanda Carroll 
Costume Design by
Astrid Brucker 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... head hair stylist
John Jack Curtin .... key hair stylist
Joseph Farulla .... assistant makeup artist (as Joe Farulla)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist (as Sharol Ilson Burke)
Joseph Whitmeyer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mia Lee .... post-production supervisor
Bergen Swanson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick Gibbons .... second assistant director
Kim Thompson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter
Shannon Finnerty .... on-set dresser
Yolan Fisher .... property master
Joshua Higgason .... set dresser
Dan Kajeckas .... charge scenic artist
Ronnie Petagna .... carpenter
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator
Bentley Wood .... assistant property master
Derek J.W. Wybourn .... set dresser
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
David Ellinwood .... dialogue editor
Anguibe Guindo .... additional boom operator
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
John Moros .... adr engineer
Abigail Savage .... sound effects editor
Craig Spencer .... foley editor
Julie Wilde .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Abraham Altbuch .... grip
Aida Artieda .... grip
Mark Beattie .... generator operator
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator
Luis Colon .... best boy grip
Caswell Cooke .... key grip
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... grip
David Epstein .... grip
Jess Fogel .... electrician
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Ludovic Littee .... assistant camera
Nick Maczka .... additional grip
Matthew Mendelson .... electrician
Sebastien Nicolet .... camera trainee
Jeff Niggemeyer .... electrician
Ray Richards .... additional electrician
Daniel D. Sariano .... assistant camera
Randy Schwartz .... additional assistant camera
Yoshi Sonoda .... additional grip
Sean Taylor .... electrician
Vance Tucker .... third grip
Brett Walters .... assistant camera
Trevor Watrous .... grip
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Yueni Zander .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting associate
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Ali Merhi .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana J. Collins .... wardrobe supervisor
Jacci Fredenburg .... assistant costume designer
Lucia Lettini .... set costumer
Jan Finnell .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Matthew H. Giordano .... assistant editor
Michael Smollin .... final telecine master
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Esther Lee Kaplan .... piano teacher
Mauricio Vazquez Salido .... assistant recording engineer
Transportation Department
Gabe Turiello .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Cory Azriliant .... racquetball consultant
Michael A. Becker .... production assistant
Nate Braeuer .... location assistant
Betty Chin .... production coordinator
Amyjoy Clark .... payroll accountant
Jeremy Crane .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Dapello .... production counsel
Anne Marie Dentici .... production assistant
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Marie Durkan .... assistant: Mr. Dapello
Vadim Epstein .... key production assistant
Kantarama Gahigiri .... production assistant
William Gilfillan .... accounting clerk
Trish Gray .... location scout
Susan Humphrey .... animal trainer
Michelle Israel .... production assistant
Jeffrey Longo .... office production assistant
Brent Lyman .... production assistant
Alex Paster .... set/office intern
Morgan Patterson .... production assistant
Kevin Pazmino .... set production assistant
Dan Pellar .... production assistant
Ryan Smith .... location manager
Natalie Swan .... stand-in: Vera Farmiga
Kathleen Truitt .... stand-in
Marisa Vrooman .... assistant location manager
Noreen Ward .... production accountant
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Steven Weisz .... stand-in
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Tim Wilson .... stand-in: Sam Rockwell
Stephanie Wu .... post production assistant
Rose Zingale .... stand-in: Joshua
Ami Armstrong .... special thanks
Victoria Bader .... thanks
Michael Bloomberg .... thanks (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Dave Matthews .... special thanks (as David Matthews)
Dean McCann .... thanks
Katherine Oliver .... thanks (as Katherine L. Oliver)
Karen Pals .... special thanks
Yul Vazquez .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Devil's Child" - International (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for language and some disturbing behavior by a child
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA (2007) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:16LV | Sweden:15 | USA:R (certificate #43401)

Did You Know?

The role of Joshua's young sibling was played by the real-life newborn sibling of Jacob Kogan.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Brad tries to seduce Abby in their bedroom, the peak meter of the baby monitor indicates that Lily is still screaming on top of her lungs, when she is actually sleeping peacefully.See more »
[first lines]
Soccer Dad:You're playing like a bunch of little girls!
Brad Cairn:[signalling him to chill out]
Soccer Dad:You're playing like a little girl!
Brad Cairn:Good, good hustle. Good hustle!
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Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »
The FlySee more »


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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Frightening and Disturbing, 2 September 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Manhattan, the successful stockbroker Brad Cairn (Sam Rockwell) and his beautiful wife Abby (Vera Farmiga) are celebrating their newborn daughter Lily in their new fancy apartment with Brad's mother Hazel (Celia Weston) and Abby's brother, the artist Ned Davidoff (Dallas Roberts). Their extremely intelligent and talented nine year-old son Joshua (Jacob Kogan) is feeling neglected and jealous of Lily, trying to attract more attention from his parents and relatives. When the baby is nineteen days old, she starts to uninterruptedly crying, driving Abby to a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile the family's dog dies and Brad asks for vacation to stay with Lily and Joshua. When Joshua goes to the museum with his grandmother and Lily, Brad accidentally watches a videotape in his camera and finds Joshua forcing Lily to cry. Brad runs to the museum and he sees Joshua with Hazel in the top of the stairs and in the next moment Hazel dropping down the stairs and dying. Brad concludes that Joshua pushed Hazel and is hurting Lily but the evidences show another reality.

The impressive"Joshua" is one of the most frightening and disturbing movies I have recently seen. The story is not graphic or gore, but the psychological horror is comparable to movies like "Rosemary's Baby", "The Omen" or "The Shinning", supported by awesome performances and direction. Jacob Kogan and Vera Farmiga are amazing with Sam Rockwell also excellent. This is the first movie of George Ratliff that I watch and I am impressed how this director was able to make this suspenseful movie with a potential of a future classic with a low budget and without any special effects. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Joshua, o Filho do Mal" ("Joshua, the Son of the Evil")

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