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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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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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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

The insects attacking Douglas in the bathroom are said and believed to be Hornets. However their appearance is black and they look more like flies. Hornets would really be brown-and-yellow striped, with an appearance more akin to that of a wasp. Hornets are a species of wasp. Black hornets ( a species of Asian Giant Hornets) do exist, but they grow to be at least two inches long give or take and would not be able to fly out of Doug's ears and nose. But since it's all a hallucination based on his own fears & childhood memories, they don't have to be realistic. 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 »

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Jamaican Girl
Written by Eminem (as Marshall B. Mathers), Mike Strange, Luis Resto & Obie Trice
Performed by Obie Trice featuring Brick and Lace (as Brick & Lace)
Courtesy of Shady Records/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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Country:

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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:

$28,190,603
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2.35 : 1
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