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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 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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Taglines:

Not all children are innocent. 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:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$482,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$719,968
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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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Did You Know?

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

When Brad tries to seduce Abby in their bedroom, the peak meter of the baby monitor indicates that Lily is still screaming on top of her lungs, when she is actually sleeping peacefully. 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

The Fly
(uncredited)
Performed by Jacob Kogan
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Well made and Disturbing
2 June 2008 | by shark-43See all my reviews

This film has a quiet power to it and it is not like all the gore and torture porn that has been out there lately making money at the box office. Look, the masses want to be led like a toddler through most movies - lookee here - point A to point B to point C - get it? He's good, he's bad. Wow - watch that head explode. Yawn. I like gore too but I also love intelligent films that leave it to an audience that WANTS to think - that wants to be challenged and has to try and figure out what is true and what isn't. Sam Rockwell, Vera F (as the wife), Dallas Roberst as the uncle and the young kid as Joshua all give excellent performances. This is not a HORROR film in the sense of gore and supernatural crap. This is about a family swirling out of control with post partum depression, work pressure, meddling relatives, a disturbed child and a crying infant - and it is left up to us to decide what really happened. Slow, steady and ultimately, powerful. If you have patience and love well made, intense dramas - JOSHUA is for you.


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