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Orphan (2009)

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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

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Storyline

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf mute daughter, Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not what she claims to be. Written by lisakoffler1967@gmail.com

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You'll never guess her secret (UK Quad) See more »


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Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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24 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Orphan  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,871,483, 26 July 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,596,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,769,428
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Trivia

In the screenplay, Esther was described as having fair skin, delicate features, and platinum blonde hair. Although Isabelle Fuhrman (Esther) did not fit this description, the filmmakers were so impressed with her auditions that they cast her anyway. See more »

Goofs

When Kate and John first meet Esther and speak to her while she paints lion cubs, her painting progresses a lot quicker than it should for the amount of time that passes on screen. Also in some of the close up painting shots, it's obvious from the fingernails that someone else's hand was used for those shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Coleman: Hang on. I know. You're doin' so good. You're doin' so good, honey. You all right?
Kate Coleman: Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

After the end title sequence, the rest of the credits are, among other things, smeared and splattered with fluorescent paint, lipstick kisses, and Esther's violent artwork. A small heart is also painted next to "John" (Peter Sarsgaard) in the cast list. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Holliston: Rock the Cradle (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glory of Love
Written by Billy Hill
Performed by Isabelle Fuhrman (uncredited)
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9 stars because I can not give it 8.5!
26 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Anyone expecting a horror film will most likely give this a 5 star rating or below. All others will be thoroughly entertained. Orphan is an INTENSE drama... full of surprises and a bit of suspense.. would have been more suspenseful for me if I had not gathered story details beforehand. Even knowing the score, I give it high marks as its execution is brilliant. The acting is flawless on all parts and I would not at all be surprised if this one picked up an award or three. Finally! Some character development! Finally! A story! Even with the darker bits of the script omitted from the film, this was a good thrill-ride. Think DRAMA and you will be pleased. There's something wrong with Esther... Haha, an understatement to say the least. Great tagline!


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