David Morse
Passengers
Hounddog
Disturbia
16 Blocks
Nearing Grace
Down in the Valley
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Double Vision
The Slaughter Rule
Hearts in Atlantis
Proof of Life
Bait
Dancer in the Dark
A.W.O.L.
The Green Mile
Crazy in Alabama
The Legend of Pig Eye
The Negotiator
George B.
Contact
The Rock
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Extreme Measures
The Taming Power of the Small
Twelve Monkeys
The Crossing Guard
The Getaway
Magic Kid 2
The Good Son
The Indian Runner
Desperate Hours
Personal Foul
Max Dugan Returns
Inside Moves

Year

1993

Character

Jack

Summary

Ten-year-old Mark (Elijah Wood) suffers a double emotional blow when his mother dies and his father Jack (David Morse) is forced to take a lengthy business trip to Japan. Mark is sent to stay with his uncle (Daniel Hugh Kelly) and Aunt Susan (Wendy Crewson) and cousins Connie (Quinn Culkin) and Henry (Macaulay Culkin), who's his age. At first, Mark and Henry get along like a house on fire, indulging in childish pranks on the order of smashing windows, scaring cats with a homemade crossbow and playing war games in the picturesque Maine woods.

Mark soon realizes there are unsuspected depths to Henry, who threatens to topple Mark from a sky-high tree house ("If I drop you, do you think you could fly?"), heaves a lifelike dummy into traffic for the fun of seeing the cars pile up, kills a dog with the crossbow, and insinuates darkly that he drowned his younger brother in the bathtub. But Henry's perfect son facade is so convincing that noone believes Mark; everyone is convinced that he's just acting out the trauma of his mother's death. Mark believes that his mother has been reincarnated in Susan, and makes the mistake of confiding this to Henry. Additionally fueled by jealousy, Henry's clandestine reign of terror escalates, and he hints that he intends to kill Connie. But even after she has a suspicious skating accident, Mark's fears are dismissed.

Only after Susan discovers Henry's secret playhouse (where the decor runs to hanged dolls and homemade lethal weapons), and finds the rubber duck missing from her dead baby's bath, does she begin to suspect the awful truth. THE GOOD SON's spectacularly literal climax involves a rocky cliff, pounding waves, and the desperate Susan clinging to both boys, one on each arm, each a hair's breadth away from death. It becomes apparent that she can save only one: which will it be? Ultimately, she chooses Mark over her own son, whose body plunges into the sea below.

Director

Joseph Ruben

Writers

Ian McEwan

Cast

Macaulay Culkin

Henry

Elijah Woods

Mark Evans

Wendy Crewson

Susan Evans

Jacqueline Brookes

Alice Davenport

Daniel Hugh Kelly

Wallace Evans

Quinn Culkin

Connie Evans

Ashley Crow

Janice

Site

None

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