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Orphan (2009)

  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 54,293 votes 
  • Genre: Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 July 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 123 min
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  • IMDb page: Orphan (2009)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 54,293 votes 
  • Genre: Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 July 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Filming Location: Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Original Music By: John Ottman   
  • Soundtrack: Les Saisons
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Girl | Troubled Marriage | Nun | Little Girl | Alcoholism

Writing Credits By:

  • David Johnson (screenplay) (as David Leslie Johnson)
  • Alex Mace (story)

Known Trivia

  • Warner Bros. edited the movie’s trailer to remove Esther’s line “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own” after receiving numerous complaints from adoptive parents and foster care organizations. The line remains in the movie itself.
  • The photo of the Saarne Institute is actually of Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. The building was destroyed by fire on May 28, 2008.
  • David Johnson wrote the part of Sister Abigail with CCH Pounder in mind.
  • The scene at Max Coleman’s school was filmed in Toronto, Canada. The building was Centennial College’s Center for Creative Communications.
  • The language spoken by the Saarne Institute receptionist is Estonian; this is what she says: “Saarne Instituute, kas ma saan teid aidata?” (Saarne Institute, can I help you?) “Kuidas palun?” (I’m sorry?) “Ma ei saa aru. Oota ├╝ks silmapilk.” (I don’t understand. Wait a moment.)
  • In earlier drafts of the script, the song Esther sings and hums throughout is “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” by Doris Day.
  • The movie was originally written to take place during the fall, and some exterior shots were filmed to establish this. Shortly before principal photography was set to begin in December 2007, the Toronto locations were hit with near-record snowfall, forcing the change of setting to winter. One of the scenes written out as a result was a Halloween carnival at Daniel and Esther’s school.
  • The orphanage Esther is adopted from is “Saint Mariana’s Home for Girls”. In the Catholic faith, Saint Mariana of Quito is the patron saint for those that have been rejected by religious orders and those who have lost both parents.
  • Esther was originally written as having fair skin, delicate features, and platinum blonde hair. Isabelle Fuhrman doesn’t fit this description. However, the filmmakers were so impressed with her auditions that they cast her anyway.
  • Director Jaume Collet-Serra allowed Isabelle Fuhrman to do the swearing scene (in which Esther informs Kate that she is aware adults have sex) in one or two takes so she would not have to swear repeatedly.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Daniel is playing Guitar Hero on his Xbox 360 console, his controller power light is not on, indicating the controller is not on/or plugged in to the console. Also, when the game is shown on the television Daniel is playing on the 'Expert' difficulty and appears to be doing quite well, however looking at his fingers, Daniel is only pushing the first three buttons on the guitar (easy mode) and not all five buttons as Expert mode requires.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage. Kate had a drinking problem, but is in therapy and is doing well. She has been sober for one year. The couple decides to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Russian 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, little 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, and the wounds in their marriage reopen. 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 at all who she pretends to be.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Aaron Auch known as associate producer
  • David Barrett known as co-producer
  • Don Carmody known as executive producer
  • Leonardo DiCaprio known as producer
  • Susan Downey known as producer
  • Ethan Erwin known as associate producer
  • Stacey Fields known as associate producer
  • Christoph Fisser known as co-producer
  • Michael Ireland known as executive producer
  • Jennifer Davisson Killoran known as producer
  • Sarah Meyer known as associate producer
  • Richard Mirisch known as co-producer
  • Henning Molfenter known as co-producer
  • Erik Olsen known as co-producer
  • Steve Richards known as executive producer
  • Joel Silver known as producer
  • Charlie Woebcken known as co-producer (as Dr. Carl Woebcken)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Vera Farmiga known as Kate
  • Peter Sarsgaard known as John
  • Isabelle Fuhrman known as Esther
  • CCH Pounder known as Sister Abigail
  • Jimmy Bennett known as Daniel
  • Margo Martindale known as Dr. Browning
  • Karel Roden known as Dr. Varava
  • Aryana Engineer known as Max
  • Rosemary Dunsmore known as Grandma Barbara
  • Jamie Young known as Brenda
  • Lorry Ayers known as Joyce
  • Brendan Wall known as Detective
  • Genelle Williams known as Sister Judith
  • Mustafa Abdelkarim known as Daniel's Friend
  • Landon Norris known as Daniel's Friend
  • Julien Elia known as Hospital Receptionist
  • Leni Parker known as Delivery Room Nurse
  • Gemma James Smith known as Teacher
  • Pia Ajango known as Saarne Institute Receptionist
  • Matthew Raudsepp known as Saarne Institute Orderly
  • Sugith Varughese known as ICU Doctor
  • Luis Olivia known as ICU Nurse
  • Ferelith Young known as Waiting Room Nurse
  • Andrew Shaver known as Injection Doctor

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Katie Brennan known as makeup assistant
  • Annick Chartier known as key makeup artist
  • Corald Giroux known as key hairdresser
  • Stephanie Ingram known as hair assistant
  • Sophie Labrecque known as hairdresser: second unit
  • Gaétan Landry known as hairdresser
  • Mélanie Lavoie known as hairdresser: second unit
  • Fanny Vachon known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Alex Anderson known as construction coordinator
  • Jean-Marc André known as head sculptor
  • Carole Arpin known as assistant props
  • Marc Bacon known as head carpenter
  • Pete Baillie known as head carpenter (as Peter Baillie)
  • Amy Bell known as set designer
  • Deryck Blake known as property master
  • Marie-Claude Bolduc known as greens
  • Robert Bourdeau known as assistant head painter
  • Rejean Brochu known as construction supervisor: second unit (as Réjean Brochu)
  • Real Capuano known as first assistant art director (as Réal Capuano)
  • Antoine Connoly known as greens (as Antoine Connolly)
  • Robert Craig known as carpenter
  • Isabelle Côté known as graphic designer
  • Yuan-Frédéric D'Amour known as greens (as Yan-Frédéric D'Amour)
  • Lisa Dietrich known as on-set dresser (as Elizabeth Dietrich)
  • Yann Dupond-Cubaynes known as greens
  • Peter Dwyer known as assistant head carpenter (as Peter W. Dwyer)
  • Marie-Soleil Dénommé known as assistant set decorator
  • Dawn H. Fisher known as art department coordinator (as Dawn Fisher)
  • Martin Gagné known as set designer
  • Odette Gauvreau known as head painter
  • Sébastien Gervais known as art department dresser
  • Alain Giguère known as head scenic painter: second unit
  • Martine Giguère-Kazemirchuk known as assistant construction coordinator (as Martine Giguère)
  • Vincent Gingras-Liberali known as set designer
  • Sylvain Grenier known as greens
  • Victoria Hamilton known as key scenic artist
  • Jose Holder known as storyboard artist (as José Holder)
  • Paul Hotte known as key set decorator
  • Luc Houle known as art department dresser
  • Viorel Indres known as set designer
  • Geof Isherwood known as storyboard artist (as Jeff Isherwood)
  • Dylan La Frenière known as head greens
  • Michele Laliberte known as art director: second unit (as Michèle Laliberté)
  • Hans Laliberté known as assistant art department coordinator
  • Céline Lampron known as set designer: second unit
  • Félix Larivière-Charron known as first assistant art director
  • Raymond Larose known as set designer
  • Aleksandra Marinkovich known as first assistant art director
  • Félix Matte known as greens
  • Rob McCallum known as storyboard artist (as Rob Mccallum)
  • Stephan McKenzie known as on-set dresser (as Stephan Mckenzie)
  • Darcy McLeod known as foreman (as Darcy Mcleod)
  • Jeffrey A. Melvin known as assistant set decorator
  • John Moran known as first assistant art director
  • Xavier Nolet known as greens
  • Donal O'Donaghue known as head carpenter
  • Roy Obermeier known as carpenter
  • Roger Paquin known as assistant head greens
  • Jim Peters known as head greens
  • Véronique Piché known as greens
  • Ludovic Poirot known as art department dresser
  • Doris Simard known as art department coordinator
  • Douglas Slater known as first assistant art director (as Doug Slater)
  • Jocelyne St-Pierre known as assistant set decorator
  • André Valade known as assistant set decorator
  • Donald Vandewater known as construction coordinator (as Don Vandewater)
  • Jose Fernando Varela known as assistant set decorator (as José Varela)
  • Bernadette Warren known as greens
  • Toni Wong known as assistant props
  • Aaron Becker known as main on end title co-designer: prologue (uncredited)
  • David DeMarinis known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • David Hogan known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Jesse Mann known as art department trainee (uncredited)
  • Jean-François Merlot known as scenic painter (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Simser known as storyboard artist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presentation)
  • Dark Castle Entertainment (in association with)
  • Appian Way
  • Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (produced in association with)
  • Studio Canal (financed in association with) (as Studiocanal)
  • DCP Orphan Productions (uncredited)
  • Don Carmody Productions (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • Danetracks  sound design and editorial
  • By David's  catering
  • Bons Petits Plats  catering
  • Studio X  music recorded at
  • Playroom, The  score mixed at
  • Northwest Sinfonia  orchestra
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  digital intermediate (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)
  • Prologue Films  main and end titles
  • Cutting Edge Group  music supervision (as Cutting Edge)
  • Pale Blue  soundtrack
  • Heenan Blaikie  legal services
  • B.F. Lorenzetti & Associates  insurance
  • International Film Guarantors  completion guaranty
  • Weisbord Del Gaudio Iacono  financial and audit services
  • Activision  licensing: "Guitar Hero World Tour"
  • Quebec Film and Television Council  special thanks
  • Bureau de Cinéma de Montréal  special thanks (as Bureau du Cinéma de Montréal)
  • Kodak  motion picture products
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)  with the assistance of (as The Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit)
  • Québec Production Services Tax Credit  with the assistance of
  • Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC)  with the assistance of (as Gestion SODEC)
  • Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)  with the assistance of (as Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credits)
  • Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit  with the participation of
  • A & R Brochu Construction  set construction
  • Pictorvision  aerial camera system (uncredited)
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment (uncredited)
  • Ronnie Yeskel Casting  casting
  • Soundtrack  ADR facility (uncredited)
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack (uncredited)

Distributors:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Alexandra Films (2009) (Bulgaria) (theatrical)
  • Blitz (2009) (Croatia) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Continental Film (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Garsu Pasaulio Irasai (2009) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • InterCom (2009) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • Karo Premiere (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Kinomania (2009) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Luna Filmverleih GmbH (2009) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Optimum Releasing (2009) (Ireland) (theatrical)
  • Optimum Releasing (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Norge (2009) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Tuck (2009) (Serbia) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Polska (2009) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2009) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Magic Box (2010) (Czech Republic) (DVD)
  • Optimum Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Optimum Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Turner Network Television (TNT) (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Australia) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Hybride Technologies (digital visual effects) (as Hybride)
  • Lola Visual Effects (visual effects) (as Lola\VFX)
  • Image Engine Design (visual effects) (as Image Engine)
  • Prologue Films (black light visual efffects sequence)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (visual effects) (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)

Visual Effects by:

  • Casey Allen known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Spencer Armajo known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Marc Aubry known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Jarrod Avalos known as lighting technician: Lola VFX (as Jarod Avalos)
  • Eran Barnea known as digital artist
  • Michel Barrière known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
  • Terry Bates known as technical support: Image Engine
  • Travis Baumann known as digital artist
  • Olivier Beaulieu known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Michaël Bentitou known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Didier Bertrand known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Pierre Blain known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Raphaele Blanchard known as digital artist: Hybride (as Raphaële Blanchard)
  • Kevin R. Browne known as dynamics effects animator: Lola VFX (as Kevin Brown)
  • Kirk Cadrette known as dynamics effects animator: Lola VFX
  • Trent Claus known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Andrew M. Collins known as camera tracker: Lola VFX (as Andrew Collins)
  • Christopher Custodio known as visual effects assistant
  • Glenn Richard Côté known as visual effects editor (as Glenn Cote)
  • Christophe Damiano known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Thierry Delattre known as visual effects producer: Hybride
  • Thierry Delattre known as visual effects supervisor: Hybride
  • Nigel Denton-Howes known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Anouk Deveault-Moreau known as computer graphics coordinator: Hybride (as Anouk Deveault Moreau)
  • Lafleche Dumais known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride (as Laflèche Dumais)
  • Mathieu Dupuis known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Hanoz Elavia known as technical support: Image Engine
  • Emily Fenster known as visual effects producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Brian Fisher known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Jean-Pierre Flayeux known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
  • Mark Freund known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Steve Garrad known as visual effects producer: Image Engine
  • Yanick Gaudreau known as digital artist: Hybride
  • David Geoghegan known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Myléne Guérin known as computer graphics coordinator: Hybride (as Mylène Guérin)
  • Robin Hackl known as visual effects supervisor: Image Engine
  • Maureen Healy known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Maureen Nixon)
  • Tulio Hernandez known as lighting technician: Lola VFX
  • Nadine Homier known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Jean-Francois Houde known as digital artist: Hybride (as Jean-François Houde)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Joseph Kasparian known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Patrick Keenan known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Anne Kim known as digital artist: Hybride (as Anne Ui-Hyun Kim)
  • Louis Kim known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Cristian A. Kong known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Christian A. Kong)
  • Marios Kourasis known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Daniel Kruse known as camera tracker: Lola VFX (as Dan Kruse)
  • George Kyparissous known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Anouk L'Heureux known as computer graphics coordinator: Hybride
  • Alain Lacroix known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Tom Lamb known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Vassilios Lanaris known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Miles Lauridsen known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Evelyne Leblond known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Kim LeBrane known as cg coordinator: Lola VFX (as Kim Lebrane)
  • Daniel Leduc known as visual effects producer: Hybride
  • Daniel Leduc known as visual effects supervisor: Hybride
  • Francois Leduc known as digital artist: Hybride (as François Leduc)
  • Danny Levesque known as digital artist: Hybride (as Danny Lévesque)
  • Alex Llewellyn known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Martine Losier known as computer graphics coordinator: Hybride
  • Jocelyn Maher known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Tom Mangat known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Richard Martin known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
  • Elizabeth Matthews known as digital artist: Image Engine
  • Frederic Medioni known as digital artist: Hybride (as Frédéric Medioni)
  • Francois Metivier known as digital artist: Hybride (as François Métivier)
  • Francisco Moncayo Moreno known as digital artist: Image Engine (as Francisco Moncayo)
  • Christian Morin known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Josh Mossotti known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Martin Mousseau known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Peter Muyzers known as visual effects production manager: Image Engine
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer: Lola VFX
  • Nicolas-Alexandre Noel known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride (as Nicolas Alexandre Noël)
  • Brian Nugent known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Robert Olsson known as matte painter: Lola VFX (as Rob Olsson)
  • Sona Pak known as visual effects line producer: Image Engine
  • Clark Parkhurst known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Steve Pelchat known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Eric Pender known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Pierre Raymond known as visual effects producer: Hybride
  • Pierre Raymond known as visual effects supervisor: Hybride
  • Sébastien Rioux known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Karl Rogovin known as dynamics effects animator: Lola VFX
  • Jaqgravan Sananikone known as visual effects coordinator
  • Katy Savoie known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Joao Sita known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Nathan Srigley known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers known as digital artist: Hybride (as Guillaume St-Aubin Seers)
  • Jeremiah Sweeney known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX (as Jeremiah Sweeny)
  • Philippe Theroux known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride (as Philippe Théroux)
  • Gaetan Thiffault known as digital artist: Hybride (as Gaétan Thiffault)
  • Marco Tremblay known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Yves Tremblay known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Raphael Valle known as digital artist: Hybride (as Raphaël Vallé)
  • Marvin Vasquez known as technical support: Image Engine
  • Celine Velasco known as digital artist: Hybride (as Céline Velasco)
  • Shawn Walsh known as visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola VFX
  • Keith Wilson known as dynamics effects animator: Lola VFX
  • Nick Xiao known as technical support: Image Engine
  • Kazuyoshi Yamagiwa known as compositor: Inferno/Flame, Lola VFX
  • Richard Yuricich known as visual effects supervisor
  • Hubert Zapalowicz known as digital artist: Hybride
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola VFX
  • Sebastien Betsch known as digital painter (uncredited)
  • Sebastien Betsch known as i/o technical specialist (uncredited)
  • Jean-Christophe Boue known as on-set visual effects support (uncredited)
  • Leslie Chung known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Daniel Elophe known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Lori Freitag-Hild known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Brandon McNaughton known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Alejandro Monzon known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Sebastien Proulx known as on-set support (uncredited)
  • Ryan Robertson known as visual effects producer (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 21 July 2009 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 22 July 2009 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • Canada 24 July 2009
  • USA 24 July 2009
  • Philippines 29 July 2009
  • Peru 6 August 2009
  • Puerto Rico 6 August 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 6 August 2009
  • Ireland 7 August 2009
  • Panama 7 August 2009
  • UK 7 August 2009
  • Australia 13 August 2009
  • Singapore 13 August 2009
  • Indonesia 14 August 2009
  • Taiwan 14 August 2009
  • Malaysia 20 August 2009
  • South Korea 20 August 2009
  • Thailand 20 August 2009
  • Colombia 21 August 2009
  • South Africa 21 August 2009
  • Germany 24 August 2009 (Hamburg Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Chile 27 August 2009
  • Hong Kong 27 August 2009
  • Croatia 3 September 2009
  • Serbia 3 September 2009
  • Brazil 4 September 2009
  • Mexico 4 September 2009
  • Turkey 4 September 2009
  • Uruguay 4 September 2009
  • Venezuela 4 September 2009
  • Portugal 5 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
  • France 15 September 2009 (Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival)
  • India 18 September 2009
  • Kuwait 20 September 2009
  • Argentina 22 September 2009 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 24 September 2009
  • Greece 24 September 2009
  • Slovakia 24 September 2009
  • Lithuania 25 September 2009
  • Norway 25 September 2009
  • Poland 25 September 2009
  • Egypt 30 September 2009
  • Slovenia 1 October 2009
  • Spain 4 October 2009 (Sitges Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 8 October 2009
  • Portugal 8 October 2009
  • Russia 8 October 2009
  • Ukraine 8 October 2009
  • Iceland 9 October 2009
  • Japan 10 October 2009
  • Estonia 16 October 2009
  • Italy 16 October 2009
  • Spain 16 October 2009
  • Germany 22 October 2009
  • Austria 23 October 2009
  • Latvia 23 October 2009
  • Romania 23 October 2009
  • Finland 31 October 2009 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 5 November 2009
  • Syria 5 November 2009
  • Finland 6 November 2009
  • New Zealand 19 November 2009
  • France 30 December 2009
  • Hungary 15 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Czech Republic 20 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Denmark 10 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 17 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 15 April 2010 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. theboywhocouldfly from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Finally, a horror film about adults. Adults with complex issues andchildren that act like children and not hyper precocious sex models.The reason to see this film isn't to find out the over advertised "Esther's secret" of the film (a MAJOR misstep in marketing. Too manypeople now enter the film trying to figure out the "secret" before theynormally would have been surprised), but rather to see a well-acted(extremely well acted by Vera F.)slow-building suspense story withexcellent direction and cinematography. John Ottman's score also servesthe film well, without becoming overpowering in signaling this is a"creepy" film. The actress who plays Esther shows a skill inperformance that makes one think we may actually have another JodieFoster to keep an eye on. This film works because we LIKE thecharacters (Rob Zombie please take note!) and fear for them and theirsurvival. Dark Castle's best film, and it gives one hope that thehorror/suspense genre still can be presented with intelligence anddepth. Hollywood take note: we don't want a xerox of this film, but wedo want more films that share this films strenghts: good script,likable real characters, excellent acting and nice, tension buildingdirection.

  2. lork625 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Orphan REALLY surprised me. I expected some stupid pg-13 movie thatsomehow got an R rating. That was not the case. Let me tell you, Orphanis very disturbing at parts, and pretty gruesome. The movie overall isexcellent, has some great acting, an amazing script, and excellentexecution. The movie really has a lot of suspense and the twist ispulled off very well and packs a big punch to the viewer.

    The best thing the film has is the script. What Esther does to thefamily is brilliant. The movie also has several sub-plots that workvery well in the movie and add some complexity to the whole thing. Thesub-plots never feel like too much, because they are very subtly put inthere.

    Overall, if you are tired of bad horror films, and want to see a veryintelligent and well made film, i would suggest this. Or if you justwant to see a great movie see this! I was very surprised at howexcellent this movie turned out, and everyone else will be too!Seriously, if you want great, check it out! 9.5/10

  3. yfguitarist
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Dark, edgy, twisted, effective, clever, intense, and blackly comic -one of the best "evil child" films I've seen. It's brilliantly cast -Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are top-notch as usual, but whatreally stood out where the natural performances director Jaume Collet-Serra was able to get from the child actors. Usually child actors arepainful to watch, but 12- year-old Isabelle Fuhrman gives a terrifying,chilling performance that is worthy of praise. Aryana Engineer in herscreen debut as the deaf little sister Max is adorable and almoststeals the show in every scene. The stylish cinematography, editing,and sound are fantastic as well.

    I saw Orphan at a packed advance screening and the audience had ablast. Collet-Serra knows how to pull the strings and engage theaudience, as they were screaming and laughing at all the right moments.There are plenty of fun and playful tension-relieving scenes, andseveral cathartic moments when the audience erupted into cheers. Whenthe credits rolled the audience even applauded.

    The second showing I went to was just as receptive – the audience wentnuts. They were collectively screaming, cheering, yelling at thescreen, cringing, applauding, and enthusiastically welcoming the comicrelief. One guy commented afterwards: "I never get scared by movies butthat was the scariest movie I've ever seen." Audience participation forboth screenings I went to were very high.

    The film improves upon second viewing, with the knowledge of the twist.I was able to focus more on details and clues, and the anticipation ofmy favorite scenes made for a much more rewarding experience. It's evenmore chilling and cathartic the second time around.

    It's far from perfect though – there are way too many predictablejump/false scares, with the soundtrack blaring to try to startle theviewer. The last part of the movie becomes a slasher flick replete withclichés and a one-liner. There is a talky scene where Esther revealsherself to her adoptive mother that is totally unneeded, as well as acrucial line regarding Danny, the older son, which really should'vebeen cut. It's also a bit long at 2 hours – for an exploitative "B"movie this is unusual, although time is devoted to characterdevelopment. Esther is multi-dimensional and even sympathetic at times- I would love to see a prequel based on her character.

    Orphan is definitely not for kids – aside from the "anti-adoption"angle, there is plenty of dangerous imitable behavior. The violencecommitted by and toward children is shocking, realistic, and brutal.This is a ballsy film that throws kids into horrific ordeals.

    It may be a "B" movie, but it's a damn good one that knows itsaudience. The basic idea is nothing new (except for the unexpectedtwist), but you knew that from the trailer and synopsis. If you werestill interested or if you're a horror fan that is able to look pastsome clichés and logical jumps in exchange for horrific chills, you'llhave a fun time. The phenomenal child performances alone are enough torecommend Orphan.

  4. radchuck03 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    I have not seen a decent horror film in a long time, but this one isdefinitely worth the money. Be sure to use the restrooms before thestart of the movie, as it is very riveting and suspenseful. Except forone sex scene between the husband and wife, this film can be viewed bymature children accompanied by an adult. It is very well written, andwell-balanced. Personally I found this film very entertaining,suspenseful, and the plot cleverly written. Without getting into toomuch detail and ruining it for everyone else, this movie is in acategory in which the story could become true in the future. IsabelFurhman did a great job starring as an orphan adopted by a couple whowas looking to fill a void in the family due to an earlier tragedy. Herability to manipulate her siblings as well as her adoptive father,thoroughly frustrates the mother. As the movie progresses, hermanipulative abilities become more apparent and deadly. This is amust-see movie and I said money well spent.

  5. Craig McPherson from Montreal, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Every once in a while a film seems destined to slip under the radareither by poor promotion or a trailer that makes the viewer go "meh".Orphan is one of those flicks that, while benefiting from a decentstudio push, simply didn't impart any compelling reason to check it outbased on the trailer, which is too bad because this is actually onetight little thriller.

    Directed by Spain's Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it tells thestory of Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a 9-year old Russian orphan who isadopted by Kate and John Coleman (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard) , adecision motivated in part by the stillborn birth of their third child.

    An oddball from the start, Esther at first charms the Colemans with herpersonality, artistic flair, and independence, however it's apparentthat there's more going on with Esther than meets the eye. She quicklyforms a bond with Max (Aryana Engineer), the couple's deaf daughter, bylearning sign language, but is resented by their son Daniel (JimmyBennett) who views her with contempt. All of which forms a basis forfamilial tension, further compounded by the skeletons of Kate's historyof alcoholism and John's past infidelity.

    Telling a surprisingly layered story that strays into uncomfortableterritory given how it deals with children in peril, the shiniest gemin this entertaining nugget is that of Isabelle Fuhrman, upon whoseperformance the movie succeeds or fails. While acting is uniformly topnotch throughout, Fuhrman spectacularly establishes herself as one ofthe most remarkable young talents currently working in cinema, andthat's a statement not to be taken lightly. This 12-year-old, who hadonly one prior film credit on her resume, simply blazes her way acrossthe screen in a performance that ranges from sweet to seductive topsychotic. This is her movie and she makes the most of it, and if shedoesn't mature into one of Hollywood's premier stars, I'll be mostsurprised.

    Orphan won't win any awards (despite Fuhrman's impressive performance)and might well get passed over by many based on the trailer, all ofwhich is too bad because this is one stray that movie audiences woulddo well to adopt.

  6. A_Random_Guy_22 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    We've seen Orphan many times before (The Bad Seed, The Good Son and, ofcourse, The Omen), yet, somehow, Jaume Collet Serra manages to squeezesomething fresh out of an old tale.

    There's plenty of shocks and also some laughs and Esther's "secret" is,surprisingly, original.

    Orphan doesn't hold a candle to the aforementioned films, but itsbetter than the more recent ones like Joshua (which, coincidentally,Vera Farmiga also starred in, as well as having the same role(mother)).

    Don't let the trailer fool you into thinking this is just another "evilkid" movie. Its really much more than that. This is definitely one ofthe better horror films to come along these days.

    My audience loved it, and so did I.

  7. wandeljw from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    I had been reading a lot about this film. Internet rumors made "Orphan"sound depraved. Advocacy groups protested that the film is offensive toadoption. "Orphan" is neither depraved nor offensive if you watch it asa thriller.

    The plot development and character development are on the same level asmost Hitchcock films. Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are excellent asthe parents. The three child actors also do a good job. Expertdirection by Jaume Collet-Serra and first-rate production values alsomake this film worth seeing.

    "Orphan" is not a film where you can take your children. However, it isa decent film if you approach it as a thriller.

  8. yourwarmembrace from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Anyone expecting a horror film will most likely give this a 5 starrating or below. All others will be thoroughly entertained. Orphan isan INTENSE drama… full of surprises and a bit of suspense.. wouldhave been more suspenseful for me if I had not gathered story detailsbeforehand. Even knowing the score, I give it high marks as itsexecution is brilliant. The acting is flawless on all parts and I wouldnot at all be surprised if this one picked up an award or three.Finally! Some character development! Finally! A story! Even with thedarker bits of the script omitted from the film, this was a goodthrill-ride. Think DRAMA and you will be pleased. There's somethingwrong with Esther… Haha, an understatement to say the least. Greattagline!

  9. Moviefreak4653 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    "Orphan" was a movie that truly did surprised me. I mean I came intothis movie honestly not having any idea which direction it would takeme, I mean sure it looked good, but then again the 30 second previewsmade it seem a bit mediocre. When the movie went off I was very pleasedby what I had seen. The things I love most about Orphan is how theypresent and introduce these characters so well. The minute I saw themain couple I couldn't help but take a liking to them, and Esther whovery easily steals the show, is incredibly likable. As a matter of factthe thing I do love a lot about the film is how they take their time inthe story, I loved how for the first half or so you see Esther adaptingto her new surroundings, and I became extremely indulged into this. Ialso think they balanced out the character of Esther well. I mean thisperformance, and character, could have easily been portrayed as thisover-the-top, annoying, non-intimidating, and non-believable character,but not once do you ever feel that. Also it is very entertaining, andyou're hooked from the moment you see this little girl Esther. It wasalso clever at times, to where you feel a sense of danger as far as thestory goes because it's literally like anything can happen. Even ifdoes begin to make you mad for whatever reason, you still can't helpbut keep watching and wondering. At times it may feel predictable, butthey've already presented these characters so well, that you can't butfeel that maybe you haven't predicted it. I will say I wished "Orphan"HAD paced itself a little better, I mean they don't immediately jumpinto the story, but when they do it feels rushed and as if they fearthe audience won't care about the characters, when it's not true. Alsotowards the end the characters start to lose liking, so much so that Icouldn't help but look at these characters(in particular the mom anddad) and say "Who are you, and why are you being such an unlikablestereotype!" As a result of the characters acting stupid andstereotypical at this point in the film it just became predictable toan extent where you knew what was going to happen. Last you know Idon't know how I felt about the twist, it was done well enough to whereit would fit the storyline, but I feel it defeats the shocking, brutal,and thrilling nature of the film. Anyways, overall "Orphan" is one ofthe better thrillers you'll probably see this year, and even if you'renot too big on these kind of films, I still recommend "Orphan"

  10. lamar908 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:22 am

    Orphan, the name says very little for what you get to see in the movie.I watched great horrors/thrillers, this movie with mild brutality andrefreshingly thrill creates a great impression on audience pulses.Esther, especially, acted terrific in portraying psychotic behavior andthe screenplay was just perfect to make it a picture perfect.

    Be it, the twists introduced in the plot in the later half of the movieor the realistic resemblance of the whole plot, the movie is worth yourbuck on the big screen. Though the movie was 2hr long, it was a clevermove by the director to inject some meaningful comedy into the movie soas to maintain the attention of the audience. An interesting point tonote is that audience laughed quite a bit for almost 60% of the movieand then were shocked as the plot took twists and turns. Thiscombination of humor along with shock is what makes this movie abrilliant thriller.

    All in all the movie was successful in grabbing my attention, believingin such offbeat concepts and lastly giving the worth of my money. Hopeyou all go watch this terrific movie and feel the heat inside theAir-Conditioned Theaters. My rating for this movie 7.5/10

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