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First Born (2007)

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Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Elisabeth Shue ... Laura
Steven Mackintosh ... Steven
Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Kasperian
Khandi Alexander ... Dierdre
Anne Wolf Anne Wolf ... Samantha Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blair Brown ... Laura's Mother
Phillip V. Caruso Phillip V. Caruso ... Dr.Caputo, Anesthesiologist
Matt Dickinson Matt Dickinson ... Party Guest #1
Mia Dillon ... Party Guest #2
Julian Gamble ... Exterminator
Carolyn Gilroy ... Jenny (voice)
Jared Grimes Jared Grimes ... Stock Boy
Marilyn Harris Marilyn Harris ... Party Goer #3
Tim Hopper ... Officer White
Lisby Larson Lisby Larson ... Party Guest #4
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Storyline

Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A C-section drives her over the edge, making her see things in a different light. A creepy babysitter doesn't make things any better. She begins seeing things, trusts no one, as she goes into self-destruct mode. Written by BryanD EQT

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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diavolikos episkeptis See more »

Filming Locations:

Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA See more »

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The book about curses/witchcraft used in the movie is "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" by Raymond Buckland. See more »

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When Laura first picks up the baby to shake the rats off, it's obviously a doll stand-in. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Steven: [as he comes into the bedroom] Morning sweetheart.
Laura: Good morning.
Steven: Where's Jessica?
Laura: [a beat] Who's Jessica?
Steven: [he laughs, thinking she is joking] Where's the baby?
Laura: [another beat]
[she looks confused]
Laura: What baby?
Steven: [realizes the truth and bolts from the room] Jessica? Jessica? JESSICA?
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Gem of a psychological thriller
29 March 2007 | by celrSee all my reviews

First Born is the exploration of the inner world of a woman suffering a postpartum psychosis. This "Yellow Wallpaper" story is definitely not a Lifetime Network sort of film--it's much darker and scarier. It's downright creepy in a very subtle and artful way. After all the gore and explosions of today's thriller genre it's refreshing to see something so subdued and inward while maintaining a such a high level of suspense and desperation.

Elizabeth Shue is a dancer (and yes, she really looks like a dancer) who is stuck in a huge, spacious and mostly empty house in the suburbs while her rich, emotionally disengaged husband works in the city and comes home late at night, leaving her alone during the days with her newborn. Already a bit obsessive-compulsive, she begins to crack up in a serious way. What follows is rendered with impeccable attention to detail and maximum emotional impact. It is a psychological study but at the same time beautifully rendered visually. "First Born" has no didactic ax to grind, no social message, no deus ex machina in the form of social workers or therapists; it's just a fun scary story for intelligent moviegoers.


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