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The Good Son

1993 film by Joseph Ruben

The Good Son

Released 1993 (29 years, 6 months ago)

Director Joseph Ruben
Duration 87 minutes
Genre thriller film, exploitation film and horror film
Composer Elmer Bernstein
Production company 20th Century Fox
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Ian McEwan

About The Good Son

In the 1993 thriller The Good Son, Macaulay Culkin plays a disturbed young boy named Henry who terrorizes his family and those around him. Elijah Wood co-stars as his cousin Mark, who becomes increasingly suspicious of Henry's behavior.

Directed by Joseph Ruben and written by Ian McEwan, The Good Son is a chilling exploration of childhood psychopathy. Culkin delivers a haunting performance as Henry, whose manipulative and sadistic tendencies escalate throughout the film. Wood also shines as Mark, who struggles to reconcile his love for his cousin with the danger he poses.

The film received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its suspenseful storytelling and strong performances, while others criticized its disturbing subject matter. However, it has since gained a cult following and is often cited as one of Culkin's most memorable roles.

Overall, The Good Son is a gripping and unsettling thriller that delves into the dark side of childhood. Its themes of family, morality, and mental illness continue to resonate with audiences today.


- Ebert, Roger. "The Good Son.", 24 Sep. 1993,

- Maslin, Janet. "Review/Film; A Little Boy's Evil Ways." The New York Times, 24 Sep. 1993,

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


82 years, 9 months, 27 days


33 years, 10 months, 25 days

Born first

24 July 1930

Died first

26 April 2013

Born last

21 July 1989

Died last

26 April 2013

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