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Godsend (2004)

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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 several years after his rebirth.

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Nick Hamm

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Mark Bomback

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Thomas Chambers ... Jordan Shaw
Munro Chambers ... Max Shaw
Jeff Christensen Jeff Christensen ... Hal Shaw
Deborah Odell ... Tanya
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Storyline

The 8-year-old Adam is killed in a traffic accident. His grieving parents agree to recreate him through experimental and illegal cloning, conducted by an ingenious but pushy geneticist. After eight happy years, a scary door opens between Adam II and someone from the past. Written by Stefan Back

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birthday | boy | doctor | cloning | clone | See All (38) »

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Their dreams came true...their nightmares will too. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El enviado del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

King City, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,800,617, 2 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,379,751
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before the release of this movie, Lions Gate Films set up two official websites: one conventional site with movie information, and one site that appeared to be a promotional tool for the (fictional) cloning institute depicted in the movie. The website gave an email address and phone number (1-888-699-2672) for the "Godsend Institute;" calling the number resulted in a recorded message giving the institute's office hours. Several news outlets reported that when a few bereaved parents called or emailed the fake institute to inquire about having their children genetically reconstituted, the studio started responding to them and explaining that it was just a movie tie-in and not a real laboratory. Similar advertisements for fictional medical procedures and clinics were also produced as parts of the advertising campaigns for Gattaca (1997) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). See more »

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When Paul steps out of his car on the bridge, Adam's bicycle moves from the middle of the bridge to the side of the bridge, but we don't see anybody move the bicycle. See more »

Quotes

Maurice, Young Thug: [to his buddy] You're stupid man, that's just stupid!
Maurice, Young Thug: [sees someone and jumps at them with gun] Hey motherfucker, where's your wallet?
Adam Duncan: [shaken up reaches for it, but then notices person] Maurice?
Maurice, Young Thug: [realizes this person too, shocked quickly switches demeanor] Oh shit, Mr. Duncan?
Young Thug #2: You know this dude?
Adam Duncan: [to buddy thug] I had Maurice in my 9th grade bio class about 5 years ago.
[to Maurice]
Adam Duncan: I guess those extra help sessions didn't quite do it for you.
Maurice, Young Thug: [embarrassed about the situation to his buddy] Let's go ...
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Published by Summy-Birchard Music c/o Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Mediocre genetic thriller
27 September 2004 | by gazineo-1See all my reviews

'Godsend, The' is another mediocre attempt to mix up science fiction and suspense in a dull and boring story about genetic experimentation. The truth is, all the movies made based upon this premise are completely unsatisfactory (like, for instance, 'Gattaca' and others) and 'Godsend, The' follows this sad path. Here, a young couple (Kinnear and Romjin-Stamos) lost their son in a car accident but a strange scientist (DeNiro) comes in their way and promised that he can give life to the deceased children. The promise, of course, involved weird genetic experience. But here started the problem: the movie seems to go between the direct scientific mystery to supernatural ways and the result is shameful. In fact, 'Godsend, The' brings to the cinema a very special and delicate question: is the genetic research a good option to mankind or a disaster in an ethical point of consideration? The question is a good one but the answer suggested by the movie is full of prejudice and simple-minded considerations. As a movie, 'Godsend, The' is a trifle material. A good cast is completely wasted and even the good DeNiro seems to be down the ladder in a far fetched and unconvincing performance. Really, don't lose your time with this sorrowful misfire.


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