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Joshua (2007)

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The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.

Director:

George Ratliff
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Brad Cairn
Vera Farmiga ... Abby Cairn
Celia Weston ... Hazel Cairn
Dallas Roberts ... Ned Davidoff
Michael McKean ... Chester Jenkins
Jacob Kogan ... Joshua Cairn
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Betsy Polsheck
Linda Larkin ... Ms. Danforth
Alex Draper ... Stewart Slocum
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Pediatrician
Ezra Barnes ... Fred Solomon
Jodie Markell ... Ruth Solomon
Rufus Collins Rufus Collins ... Henry Abernathy
Haviland Morris ... Monique Abernathy
Tom Bloom ... Joe Cairn
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Storyline

The Cairn's life seems to be a harmonic family: The father Brad works as a stockbroker, his wife Abby takes care of their common new-born daughter Lily, and the 9-year-old Joshua is high-talented. But the appearances are deceptive. Joshua becomes gradual jealously, that his parents give the baby more attention than him. Therefore he begins to terrorize his family. Written by RSaVLSG

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The story of a perfect boy who had a perfect plan. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing behavior by a child | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Child See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,233, 8 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$478,492, 5 August 2007
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Company Credits

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ATO Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Joshua's young sibling was played by the real-life newborn sibling of Jacob Kogan. See more »

Goofs

The video tape Joshua pulls from the drawer to watch is dated 2/29/1997. 1997 was not a leap year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Soccer Dad: You're playing like a bunch of little girls!
Brad Cairn: [signalling him to chill out]
Soccer Dad: You're playing like a little girl!
Brad Cairn: Good, good hustle. Good hustle!
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Evil Children from Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26 - Marcia Funebre (Sulla Morte d'un Eroe)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Nico Muhly
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Criminally Underrated Psychological Thriller
6 August 2008 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Joshua is a criminally underrated movie, presumably because it was marketed towards the horror crowd, the majority of which is bound not to be satisfied with it. It's not a gorefest. It's about something much more horrific. Imagine your world being manipulated by the person one would least expect, your weaknesses exploited, your reputation destroyed, the motive, the scheme, and the process never to be explained? The important thing is to see this impressively written and directed film without any substantial knowledge of the plot beforehand. It slowly unfolds, an ominous atmosphere slowly growing like a cancer.

Sam Rockwell, one of the most likable and natural contemporary actors, and Vera Farmiga, one of the most unassuming and realistic up-and-coming actresses, are perfectly cast, unlikely to be choices for a typical psychological thriller as disturbing as this one, making their drama more dramatic and disconcerting, having to do with the easily miscommunication of feelings between parents and young children.

Joshua's music score assists the the disturbing moments in this film with its brooding. The music young Joshua, a child piano prodigy, has a discernible penchant towards is very suitable dissonant classical pieces. Even the Dave Matthews song that closes the movie on its creepy, powerful final shot is a properly somber punctuation as the film leaves you blown away, having taken Rockwell's journey right along with him. George Ratliff is a very talented, promising new director who will hopefully follow up with a more appreciated film.


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