Martian Child


1h 46m 2007

Brief Synopsis

David Gordon, a recently widowed science fiction writer, considers adopting Dennis, a young orphaned boy who claims to be from Mars. Ignoring some sage advice about the perils of parenthood from his sister Liz and the qualms of children's group home director Sophie, David decides he wants to be a fa

Film Details

Also Known As
Martian Child: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Juliana Selfridge; Laurie Cartwright
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

David Gordon, a recently widowed science fiction writer, considers adopting Dennis, a young orphaned boy who claims to be from Mars. Ignoring some sage advice about the perils of parenthood from his sister Liz and the qualms of children's group home director Sophie, David decides he wants to be a father to the odd youngster who keeps insisting he is an alien. Even with the support of his friend, Harlee, who David finds himself increasingly attracted to, the aspiring dad soon finds himself in way over his head. For starters, David's in danger of missing his next publishing deadline, and that has his nervous agent, Jeff, worried. And then there is the social worker, Lefkowitz, and his review board who also have some serious doubts about David's suitability as a dad. In the midst of all this, young Dennis exhibits some pretty strange behavior and adamantly insists that he does indeed come from the red planet. A series of inexplicable events ultimately leads David to wonder whether the boy's claims are indeed based on fantasy. But whatever the true origins of this remarkable little boy, David gradually finds himself growing more attached to him and experiencing the transformational power of parental love.

Crew

Brett Adkins

Editorial Production Assistant

Artino Ahmadi

Camera Assistant

Rashid Ahmed

Accountant

Stuart Aikins

Casting

Sheila Allen

Production Accountant

Chris Anderson

Rigging Grip

Carlos Arguello

Matte Painter

Ray Arseneau

Rigging Grip

Mary-gail Artz

Casting Director

Sandra Baier

Props

Seth E. Bass

Screenplay

Seth E. Bass

Coproducer

Al Baxter

Driver

Elisa Bayley

Casting Assistant

Chris Beach

Assistant Art Director

Cameron Beck

Best Boy Grip

Rodney Beech

Driver

Thad Beier

Visual Effects Supervisor

Tammy Bentz

Script Supervisor

Guy Bews

Stunts

James Bitonti

Choreographer

James Bitonti

Assistant Director

Bob Black

Driver

Judith Blinick

Post-Production Accountant

Larry Boyce

Driver

Barbara Branch

Accounting Assistant

Crystal Braunwarth

Assistant

Jim Brebner

Assistant Director

Don Britt

Security

Andre Brouwer

Costumer

Donald D Brown

Boom Operator

Bill Buckingham

Rigging Grip

Jeff Butterworth

Special Effects Assistant

Charlene Calihoo

Accounting Assistant

Duncan Callander

Driver

Angelina Cameron

Hair Stylist

Dave Cameron

Grip

Wyatt Cameron

Stunt Double

Yves Cameron

Stunts

Kathy Candiago

Accountant

Steve Cant

Driver

Laurie Cartwright

Production Insurance

Johnny Caruso

Music Editor

Simon Cassels

Titles

Brett Chan

Stunts

Doug Chapman

Stunts

Lauro Chartrand

Stunt Coordinator

Dean Choe

Stunt Coordinator

Che Chomolok

Best Boy Grip

Jody Chow

Assistant Production Coordinator

Daniel Chuba

Visual Effects Producer

Anne-marie Clark

Script Supervisor

John Clothier

Camera Operator

Trevor Cole

On-Set Dresser

Katherine Cook

Tutor

Sean Cossey

Casting

Jean-paul Costaz

Painter

Arlene Craig

Property Master

Arlene Craig

Props Buyer

Gavin B Craig

Key Grip

Gavin B Craig

Grip

Anthony Creery

Dolly Grip

John Crockett

Foreman

Bing Crosby

Song Performer

Thomas Dadras

Digital Effects Artist

Drew Davidson

Gaffer

Jon Davidson

Production Manager

Matt Dawson

Caterer

Robert Dawson

Titles

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Amy De Souza

Casting Assistant

Michael Dennison

Costume Designer

Dwayne Deverill

Driver

Herb Dewaal

Key Rigging Grip

John Dines

Generator Operator

George Doering

Music

Bill Doherty

Driver

Jessica Dolinger

Music

Heather Douglas

Assistant

Mike Drake

Executive Producer

Matt Duncan

Sound

Brian Dunlop

Assistant Sound Editor

Austin Dunn

Stunt Double

Ed Dykstra

Driver

Chris Eakins

Sound Effects Editor

Terry Edinger

Production Accountant

Stan Edmonds

Makeup Artist

Jeff Egan

Production

Catherine Eilertsen

Caterer

Michelle Eisenreich

Visual Effects Producer

Ed Elbert

Producer

Theresa Ellis

Visual Effects Supervisor

Justin Elsworth

Assistant Director

David Emmonds

Greensman

David Esparza

Sound Effects Editor

Gregg Fawcett

Assistant Director

Judith Feller

Costumer

Jim Filippone

Coordinator

Sarah Follett

Assistant

Jim Forrest

Driver

James Forsyth

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jan Foster

Unit Production Manager

Alison Fraser

Assistant Costume Designer

Andrea French

Set Decorator

Adam Gardner

Song

Marshall Garlington

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

David Gerrold

Source Material

David Gerrold

Executive Producer

Vern Giammartino

Production Assistant

Vern Giammartino

Production

Amie Gibbins

Camera Assistant

Tanya Gibson

Caterer

Alleris Gillham

Assistant Director

Tom Glass

Stunts

Emily Glatter

Production Coordinator

Stephen Goad

Rigging Gaffer

Avram D Gold

Adr Editor

Bruce Green

Editor

Justin C Green

Editor

Robin Hall

Generator Operator

Simon C Hall

Video Assist/Playback

Rick Harasyn

Driver

Colonel Dave Harris

Generator Operator

Salmon Harris

Storyboard Artist

Rosemarie Harrison

Hair Stylist

Ed Hatton

Rights & Clearances

Barry Hendricks

Driver

Jerry Hey

Original Music

Randal James Holden

Carpenter

Steve Houle

On-Set Dresser

Dennis Houser

Transportation Coordinator

Mark Howes

Dresser

Michelle Hunter

Costume Supervisor

Michael Huntley

Transportation Co-Captain

Spencer Hyde

Craft Service

Spencer Hyde

Medic

Yusef Islam

Song

Kurt F Jackson

Special Effects Supervisor

Robert C Jackson

Supervising Sound Editor

Ron James

Driver

Ronnie James

Stunts

Justin Jones

Digital Effects Artist

Terry Joseph

Assistant Set Decorator

Mark S. Kaufman

Executive Producer

Christopher Charles Kempinski

Best Boy

Shawn Kennelly

Foley Mixer

Jeane Kidd

Security

Michael Kirilenko

Key Grip

David M. Kirschner

Producer

Marilyn Kopansky

Caterer

Carol Korm

Coordinator

Ashley Kravitz

Rights & Clearances

Martin Lacroix

Boom Operator

Jamie Lake

Assistant Location Manager

Susan Lambie

Script Supervisor

Michael Langois

Stunts

Viktoria Langton

Choreographer

Janis Lee

Scenic Artist

Patrice Leung

Assistant Director

Jamie Lidderdale

Song

Brad Loree

Stunt Double

Hugo Luczyc-wyhowski

Production Designer

Rohan Lyal

Greensman

Con Lynch

Driver

Jeff Lynne

Song

Marko Lytviak

Construction Coordinator

Blair Macdonald

Gaffer

Laura Macias

Foley Artist

Jenny Madsen

Camera Assistant

Larry Mah

Music

Gwendolyn Margetson

Art Director

Alan Markfield

Photography

Chuck Martin

Music Editor

Mato

Color Timer

Neil Mcbean

Video Assist/Playback

Mike Mccarthy

Construction

Blair Mcdonald

Generator Operator

Michael Mcgee

Sound Mixer

Shayne Mcgreal

Painter

Jerry Mclaughlin

Scenic Artist

Chris Meakes

Gaffer

Menno Meyjes

Other

Sheila Millar

Assistant Art Director

Ryan Miller

Song

Aung Min

Modelmaker

Keli A Moore

Office Assistant

Robyn Moore

Camera Trainee

Michael A. Morongell

Sound Engineer

Paolo Moscatelli

Digital Effects

John Murphy

Song

Philip Murphy

Driver

David Mylrea

Stunts

Vince Nicastro

Foley Artist

John Nicolard

Film Lab

Andy Nieman

Property Master

Jay Norton

Best Boy Grip

Susan O'hara

Wardrobe Supervisor

Karl Ojamine

Driver

John G Oliver

Transportation Captain

Shawn C. Orr

Stunts

Film Details

Also Known As
Martian Child: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Juliana Selfridge; Laurie Cartwright
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 2, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 12, 2008

Released in United States October 2007

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Spotlight) October 17-21, 2007.

Based on the novel "The Martian Child: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son" by David Gerrold; published by Forge June 1, 2002.

Nick Cassavetes was previously attached to direct but fell out because of creative differences.

New Line Cinema reportedly paid Tolins and Bass high six figures for the project.

Literary Sale Date: 10/17/2002

Released in United States Fall November 2, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 12, 2008

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Spotlight) October 17-21, 2007.)