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The Good Son (1993)

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A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle and be friends with his cousin, a boy of the same age who shows increasing signs of violent and psychopathic behavior.


Joseph Ruben


Ian McEwan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Henry
Elijah Wood ... Mark
Wendy Crewson ... Susan
David Morse ... Jack
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Wallace
Jacqueline Brookes ... Alice
Quinn Culkin Quinn Culkin ... Connie
Ashley Crow ... Janice
Guy Strauss Guy Strauss ... Arizona Doctor
Keith Brava Keith Brava ... Doctor in Blackport
Jerem Goodwin Jerem Goodwin ... Factory Worker
Andria Hall Andria Hall ... Woman Reporter
Bobby Huber Bobby Huber ... Axe Man
Mark Stefanich Mark Stefanich ... Ice Man
Susan Hopper Susan Hopper ... Woman at Rescue


Following his mother's death, Mark is sent to Maine to visit his aunt and uncle while his father goes on a business trip to Tokyo. Mark meets his cousin Henry, and the two quickly form a friendship. However, Henry shows signs of violent behavior that worry Mark. Written by Sam

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for acts of violence and terror involving a disturbed child | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The original director, Michael Lehmann, was replaced due to clashes with Macaulay Culkin's father. See more »


The bed shown in Richard's room at the beginning of the movie, seen by Mark, is not the same bed or bed spread shown later in the movie when the mother and father are in Richard's room. See more »


[first lines]
Man: [Mark plays soccer with his teammates as they cheer Mark's name] Get the ball!
Mark: Pass it to me!
Boy: Shoot it! Hit it in! Hit it in!
Mark: [Mark scores the goal] Yes! Yes!
Boy: Good goal! Good game.
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Alternate Versions

The 1995 UK video version was cut by 33 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of 2 young boys dropping a lifelike human dummy into a stream of traffic to cause a motorway pile-up, as this was considered a dangerous imitable technique. The cuts were waived for the 2002 version. See more »


Referenced in Frasier: The Bad Son (2000) See more »


Music composed by Elmer Bernstein
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Could have been better
26 April 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Mark (Elijah Wood), still grieving over his mothers death, goes to live with cousins in Maine while his father takes care of business. One of his cousins is a boy his age, Henry (Macaulay Culkin). Henry turns out to be a psychopath and is determined to do anything to stop Mark from telling anyone else.

This movie originally had a different director attached to it who (understandably) did not want Culkin in it. Culkins' father made it clear that if Macaulay didn't get this movie he wouldn't do "Home Alone 2". So, the studio bowed to pressure--the original director quit--and Culkin destroys what could have been a great movie. As we now know, Macaulay was treated like dirt by his father and forced into projects, so he can't be blamed for this entirely. Still he's just lousy. He says all his lines in a monotone and has a blank look on his face all through the movie. He really weighs this movie down. Still, this isn't totally worthless.

It's well-directed; contains three very good performances by Wood, Wendy Crewson and David Morse; has just beautiful locations (most filmed in Cape Ann, MA) and has a lush, sweeping music score. Also it seems to have been cut down to its bare bones--it's only 84 minutes long--and moves very quickly.

Still, I can only give it a 6 because of Culkin. That's too bad.

Also, it doesn't really deserve the R rating. There's no nudity, sex, very little swearing and all the violence is off screen.

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Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,520,305, 26 September 1993

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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1.85 : 1
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