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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.

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Edward Sullivan
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Wayne
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Margaret Sullivan
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Nancy
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Diego
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Javier
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"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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Rated R for violence and terror including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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1 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Caso 39  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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£183,088 (UK) (7 March 2010)

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$13,248,477 (USA) (14 November 2010)
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Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Fuhrman were considered for the part of Lillith. Coincidently, this film opened in the United States the same week as Let Me In (2010), which starred Moretz. See more »

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As the sleeping Lilith is being carried downstairs towards the kitchen by her father, her head and arms are hanging down as he has his left arm under her back. In the next shot as his wife opens the kitchen door, his left arm is now around Lilith, holding her by the arm and her head is up on his chest. Then in the final shot as they move across the kitchen, her head and arms are hanging down again as in the first shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Referenced in Code Blue (2011) See more »

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Written by Stat Quo (as Stanley Benton), Gerald Griffin & Lt. Mo (as Todd Moore)
Performed by Stat Quo
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Why you should and shouldn't see Case 39
3 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The beginning intrigued me. What is the entity in question, and why is it tormenting Lilith, and her parents before her? Why do the parents blame Lilith when she is clearly a victim? This is the main thing Case 39 has going for it: you won't know at first what type of movie it will end up being. Later in the film, though, it has chosen its bag of clichés and sticks to them. Which bag? Ah, that would be telling.

This being said, the common devices director Alvart chooses for the film still work, and Ferland (Lilith) does a good job in a demanding role for a girl who was twelve or thirteen years old when the movie was completed, on 2007. It was finally released in October of 2010, the month of Ferland's sixteenth birthday.

Why you should see it You enjoy things, other than your annoying upstairs neighbor, that go "bump" in the night. You still find Zellweger to be as adorable as she was the first time she said "you had me at hello," and not nearly as annoying as that line became upon its 300th repetition. You like your paranormal phenomena to surround pale, creepy kids.

Why you shouldn't see it You're terribly afraid of hornets, heights, shotguns, ovens, carving knives, bodies of water, forks, and blunt objects, and you don't feel up to confronting all of these phobias within the space of two hours.

--from my review at www.1man365movies.com


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