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The Prodigy (2019)

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A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.


Nicholas McCarthy


Jeff Buhler
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Schilling ... Sarah Blume
Jackson Robert Scott ... Miles Blume
Peter Mooney ... John Blume
Colm Feore ... Arthur Jacobson
Paul Fauteux ... Edward Scarka
Brittany Allen ... Margaret
Paula Boudreau ... Dr. Strasser
Elisa Moolecherry ... Zoe
Olunike Adeliyi ... Rebecca
Janet Land ... Sarah's Mother
Martin Roach ... Dr. Kagan
Byron Abalos ... Penmark Instructor
Ashley Black ... Hailey
Tristan Vasquez Tristan Vasquez ... Dash
Nicholas McCarthy ... Penmark Supervisor


In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must choose between her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles and a desperate need to investigate what or who is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality becomes frighteningly blurry.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What's Wrong With Miles? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Miles is compared to David Bowie due to having two different coloured eyes, commonly known as Heterochromia. However, David Bowie didn't have this condition. He actually had Anisocoria; one pupil is bigger than the other. It was this condition that made his eyes look different colours. See more »


David Bowie's eyes were the product not of heterochromia but a teenage fistfight with his school pal (and, later, lifetime artistic partner) George Underwood over a girl that resulted in anisocoria, a condition in which a person's eyes have different-size pupils. See more »


Miles Blume: Hey
[points to his eyes individually with a knife]
Miles Blume: which one do you prefer? brown or blue, brown or blue, brown or blue
[last lines]
Margaret St. James: That's what he said to me the night he...
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits we hear a possessed Miles humming Scarka's French lullaby. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: What Men Want/The Prodigy (2019) See more »


Plaisir D'Amour
Written by Ralph Allwood
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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User Reviews

This pleasantly surprised me
9 February 2019 | by laila-ynlSee all my reviews

I don't know about you, but one more 'whoops my kid is possessed' flick and I'm about to scream. I ended up seeing this one and I was in for a treat. Not only did I like the start of this film, bringing me back to 70's and 80's gritty slasher classics - it also intrigued me; 'what am I in for?' The film contains thriller and horror elements, it feels like a blend. The cast is solid and Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott especially were a great match. The biggest and for me personally most annoying cliché ('my kid would NEVER do that' / insert surprised face emoji) is pretty much avoided here, and that gives it a genuine feel plus a hurrah from me. Director Nicholas McCarthy included a couple of very nice shots. The dark introduction scene and the wide shot of Miles in Halloween outfit felt to me like classic horror scenes and make you wonder 'what is going on?' I would like to see McCarthy also try something a little less supernatural with more character depth. In this case especially, I was interested in learning more about the main character and their motivation. Overall, I enjoyed it! A sequel could be good, but only with young Scott back in the game and more background information revealed...

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Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descendant See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,853,061, 10 February 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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