The Good Son

September 24th, 1993


The Good Son

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A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of psychotic behavior.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.0/10 (14,770 voted)

Director: Joseph Ruben

Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson

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 begins to show signs of psychotic behavior that worry Mark.

Macaulay Culkin - Henry Evans
Elijah Wood - Mark Evans
Wendy Crewson - Susan Evans
David Morse - Jack
Daniel Hugh Kelly - Wallace Evans
Jacqueline Brookes - Alice Davenport
Quinn Culkin - Connie Evans
Ashley Crow - Janice
Guy Strauss - Arizona Doctor
Keith Brava - Doctor in Blackport
Jerem Goodwin - Factory Worker
Andria Hall - Reporter
Bobby Huber - Axe Man
Mark Stefanich - Ice Man
Susan Hopper - Woman at Rescue

Taglines: In a quiet town...In a comfortable home...In a perfect body...Evil can be as close as someone you love.

Release Date: 24 September 1993

Filming Locations: Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,500,000 (USA)

Gross: $44,594,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Michael Klesic was originally cast in the role of Henry Evans in 1988. The film was soon later put on hold due to lack of funding. A couple years later Jesse Bradford was cast as Henry Evans because the original child actors had grown to old for their parts. The project was once again put on hold and the same problem happened. Then, was once again re-cast and finally shot and released in 1993.

Revealing mistakes: When Henry pushes Susan off the ridge, the cable by which she slides down and which she hangs on is clearly visible.

Henry: I feel sorry for you, Mark. You just don't know how to have fun.
Mark: What?
Henry: It's because you're scared all the time. I know. I used to be scared too. But that was before I found out.
Mark: Found out what?
Henry: That once you realize that you can do anything... you're free. You can fly. Nobody can touch you... nobody. Mark... don't be afraid to fly.
Mark: You're sick...
Henry: Hey, I promise you something amazing, something you'll never forget. Where's the gratitude?

User Review

5.6 / 10 doesn't justify hood good this movie really is.


If you search for movies with similar rating on a movie like Johnny English also has 5.6 / 10 & that is a pretty lame movie, where as this should have something like 7 or 7.5 outta 10. Most of the reviews are all good here, I bet most of the people that have voted here just gave it a bad rating because they either hate Macaulay Culkin or Elijah Wood, their both fine actors. I remember the first time i watched this movie was back in 1995 or something like that when i was about 12 or 13, that was the first time i saw Elijah Wood in a movie & i said to myself that this guys gonna be famous when he grows up. Macaulay Culkin's brilliant psychotic acting in this movie was totally brilliant. Both of these 2 young actors made this movie work, the bridge scene is totally awesome. My mum doesn't really like the ending of the movie, & im sure a lot of other mums won't as well. A great Drama / Thriller, better than most thriller movies of the decade i give this a 9.5 / 10.


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