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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.

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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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

Production Co:

ATO Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vera Farmiga who plays Joshua's mother. Would also play a mother to another evil child. 'Esther' in the 2009 horror thriller 'Orphan'. 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

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) 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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when the apple's rotten...
7 January 2008 | by funnylookingmonkeySee all my reviews

completely mis-marketed as an Omen-type horror film, there's a lot more going on in this one than in most of the recent similar scary fare. first things first: there's no supernatural hoo-hah. (ah, so refreshing.) it's an unsettling, strangely plausible horror film... seemingly made especially for parents. a few plot elements bothered me, and i felt there was one misstep (involving a Dave Matthews song, btw!), but overall it was an effective chiller. Vera Farmiga as the increasingly imbalanced mother and Celia Weston as the holy-rolling but genuinely concerned mother-in-law are both excellent, and Sam Rockwell delivers another compelling and subtly idiosyncratic performance. George Ratliff, who directed the engrossing and discomfiting 2001 documentary, Hell House, shows promise as a narrative filmmaker.


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