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Case 39 (2009)

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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.

Director:

Christian Alvart

Writer:

Ray Wright
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Emily Jenkins
Jodelle Ferland ... Lilith Sullivan
Ian McShane ... Detective Barron
Bradley Cooper ... Doug
Callum Keith Rennie ... Edward Sullivan
Adrian Lester ... Wayne
Kerry O'Malley ... Margaret Sullivan
Cynthia Stevenson ... Nancy
Alexander Conti ... Diego
Philip Cabrita Philip Cabrita ... Javier
Vanesa Tomasino ... Javier's Wife
Mary Black ... Custody Judge
Domenico D'Ambrosio Domenico D'Ambrosio ... Plainclothes Cop
Benita Ha ... Therapist
J. Winston Carroll J. Winston Carroll ... Judge (as John Carroll)
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Storyline

"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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They'll never stop. October 1 See more »


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

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Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Fuhrman were considered for the part of Lilith Sullivan. Coincidently, this movie opened in the United States the same week as Let Me In (2010), which featured Moretz. See more »

Goofs

As the sleeping Lilith is being carried downstairs towards the kitchen by her father, her head and arms are hanging down as he has his left arm under her back. In the next shot as his wife opens the kitchen door, his left arm is now around Lilith, holding her by the arm and her head is up on his chest. Then in the final shot as they move across the kitchen, her head and arms are hanging down again as in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Connections

Features Obie Trice Feat. Brick & Lace: Jamaican Girl (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Army Of Angels
Performed by Nadeshda Brennicke
Music by Michl Britsch and Nadeshda Brennicke
Lyrics by Nadeshda Brennicke
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With pizza and beer - quite tasty.
22 February 2010 | by micz81See all my reviews

It's a decent movie. I liked very much some cinematographic concepts cleverly used here to build solid tension, and mystery effect. We are used to very straight way of telling very straight stories, but sometimes it's good to move the camera off the basics a little (even if the story isn't very original), just to tell something more by the picture, than only what the picture depicts. Mr Bogdanski (DP) and Mr Alvart (DIR) have used some of those "tricks" carefully and wisely, gaining few disturbing shots which actually describe the feel of the whole movie. The story is simple, predictable, and has the "yep, I've seen this before" factor, but THOSE few (yes, only few) weird shots puts this movie slightly above the average. And there are Callum Keith Rennie, Kerry O'Malley and Ian McShane who work in the same business here with DP and Director - giving very intense and disturbing appearances in supporting, yet the movie tone establishing roles (especially Rennie not being too demonic). I'm glad that screenplay had provided them few very good sequences to play in.

But let's be frank - that's not enough to break the limits. We have to remember some major flaws: First - the movie is very predictable. Very. Second - Jodelle Ferland plays in a simple, cheap way, using far away easier acting methods, than her character needs. Third - a promise of originality made by DP and Director in the first part of the movie, is never kept because of the second half, where everything is put in WYSIWYG manner, known from shitty Hollywood.

Summing all up - You CAN watch it with a pizza and a beer, but hardly believable that you WILL manage without those. :)


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,350,570, 3 October 2010

Gross USA:

$13,261,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,190,603
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2.35 : 1
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