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Martian Child

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Menno Meyjes
Produced by Ed Elbert
David Kirschner
Toby Emmerich
Written by David Gerrold
Starring John Cusack
Amanda Peet
Sophie Okonedo
Oliver Platt
Bobby Coleman
Joan Cusack
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Robert D. Yeoman
Editing by Bruce Green
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) November 2, 2007
Running time 110 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million
Gross revenue $9,292,446 [1]

Martian Child is a 2007 comedy-drama film about a writer who adopts a strange young boy who believes himself to be from Mars. Martian Child was released on November 2, 2007. The film was directed by Menno Meyjes and produced by New Line Cinema. The film stars John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Bobby Coleman. The MPAA rating system rated the film with a PG for thematic elements and mild language.



David Gordon (John Cusack), a popular science fiction author, lost his wife Mary when they were trying to adopt a child. Two years later, David is finally matched with a young boy named Dennis (Bobby Coleman). Socially awkward, Dennis believes he is from Mars and only goes outdoors when under the cover of a large box to block out the sun's harmful rays. Although initially hesitant to adopt a boy by himself, David recognizes a part of him in Dennis and slowly coaxes him out of the box and into his home.

With the help of David's friend Harlee (Amanda Peet) and sister Liz (played by Cusack's real life sister Joan), David and Dennis begin an arduous process of learning about each other, from Dennis' incessant photo-taking habits, his inclination to eat only Lucky Charms, and his perpetual stealing, to David's continuing love of his wife, his love of baseball and his own struggles to be accepted by others.

As David teaches Dennis how to be an "earthling", both earn each others' trust and eventually, they find someone who loves them unequivocally..


Background and production

The film is based on the award-winning novelette The Martian Child, by science fiction author David Gerrold.

The movie was shot during 2 May 2005 - 7 July 2005. Director Jerry Zucker was brought in to shoot new footage, according to Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times on August 10, 2007.

David Gerrold, the author of the book, adopted a son as an openly-gay man. In his novella, the sexuality of the protagonist is not disclosed, but in his novel, he is identified as gay. In the Hollywood movie version, the protagonist is straight (with a female love interest), causing some criticism from some members of the gay community nationwide.[2][3][4]


The box office performance was poor, grossing only a little more than US$9 million.However the rental and DVD sales of the film was good, though not enough to match the money produced.[5]

Critical reception was mixed to negative, with a 31% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

DVD release

Martian Child was released on DVD on February 12, 2008. It opened at #20 the DVD sales chart, selling 69,000 units for revenue of $1.3m. As per the latest figures,400,000 DVD units have been sold, acquiring revenue of $7,613,945. This does not include DVD rentals/Blu-ray sales.[6]


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