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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.

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Christian Alvart

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Ray Wright
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Cast

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 ... 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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Some cases should never be opened. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$28,189,979
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While shooting one of the fire scenes for the movie, a special effect fire got out of control and burned the whole set down, including the studio stage, into which it was built, and almost all of the crew's equipment. Nobody was seriously injured, and filming resumed the next day, with equipment being hauled in from all over the world. See more »

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At Emily's first visit to the Sullivans, after getting out of her car, she is seen from top window, standing on the walkway. On next shot, she crosses the grass to get to the walkway and then get to the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Not Scary, but you will jump some
13 January 2011 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Social Worker Emily (Zellweger) takes in 10-yr old Lillith (Ferland) whose parents tried to kill her.

Things kind of get wrapped up within the first 15-minutes and what else is there to do you ask yourself. Well, things aren't quite what they seem and by now, you will have figured it all out. But, again, it's in the telling that makes this a good movie and you stay with it.

This is billed as a horror movie and you know I don't review horror movies (hey, I have to sleep at night). Okay, so I took a chance. See? The acting is first rate by all and the pace is very good. There is a certain amount of tension and suspense and you won't sleep here.

Now, although you have figured things out, you have not figured out how this ends or should end, or will end …..whatever. That occupies your mind quite a bit. And, along the way, you find yourself jumping at certain things. Not really horror though, but could have been.

Renee Zellweger really got into her character to such a point I was mimicking her moves at times. I felt as though I was there. You'll see.

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, but only one or two F-bombs


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