Case 39

October 1st, 2010


Case 39

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.1/10 (23,256 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Christian Alvart

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Jodelle Ferland

"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.

Renée Zellweger - Emily Jenkins
Jodelle Ferland - Lilith Sullivan
Ian McShane - Det. Mike Barron
Bradley Cooper - Doug
Callum Keith Rennie - Edward Sullivan
Adrian Lester - Wayne
Kerry O'Malley - Margaret Sullivan
Cynthia Stevenson - Nancy
Alexander Conti - Diego
Philip Cabrita - Javier
Vanesa Tomasino - Javier's Wife
Mary Black - Custody Judge
Domenico D'Ambrosio - Plainclothes Cop
Benita Ha - Therapist
J. Winston Carroll - Judge (as John Carroll)

Taglines: They'll never stop. October 1


Official Website: MySpace | Official site |

Release Date: 1 October 2010

Filming Locations: Burbank, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £183,088 (UK) (7 March 2010) (151 Screens)

Gross: $13,248,477 (USA) (14 November 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Trademark: [Christian Alvart] [mirror shot] As Doug (Bradley Cooper) pulls hornets out of his right ear with a cotton swab, Doug is reflected by three mirrors, effectively showing him four times from all angles (and the hornets as well).

Continuity: When Emily locks her self in the bedroom at night, Lilith tries to break down the door. When she stops, Emily is on the ground next to the closet. When Emily opens the closet, it is daylight outside. As Emily runs out of the house, it is night again.

[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.

User Review

A suspenseful film, full of threat and uncertainty

Rating: 7/10

This film is about a social worker taking a young girl into her home, as the girl's parents tried to kill her.

Though Renee Zellweger is not particularly convincing as a social worker, she conveys her feeling of threat very well, making her stressed out character vivid. The plot is good, as at first it makes you feel so sympathetic and sorry for the girl, then it slowly prepares you for something entirely different. The story is so engaging and scary, that I wanted to see more of what's going to happen, yet I wanted to see less because it's scary. "Case 39" is successful in creating a suspenseful atmosphere, full of threat and uncertainty. I don't know why "Case 39" is having trouble getting distribution and and a release date, as I find it a very scary horror film.


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