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Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie Duncan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) have barely begun the grieving process when Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro) attends the funeral of the Duncans' eight-year-old son, Adam (Cameron Bright), with a pressing question in tow. Head of the Godsend Fertility Clinic, Dr. Wells claims he can use Adam's rapidly dying cells to clone a replica of the boy, though the necessary DNA will only be viable for another 24 hours. The process in itself is completely illegal; not only must Jessie and Paul be forced to relocate, but they will also be forced to sever all ties with friends and family in order to ensure the secret remains so. Within the space of a day, the Duncans consider the legal and ethical implications of such a procedure, ultimately deciding that their love for Adam is enough to trump the law and any high-minded philosophical questions. After resettling in an idyllic town near Dr. Wells' clinic, Jessie is impregnated with the late Adam's living cells, while Paul is given a beautiful home and a more than suitable job. Shortly afterward, the new Adam -- seemingly identical to the original Adam in every way -- is born and lives a life quite similar to his predecessor until the morning of his eighth birthday. A series of night terrors is the first thing to disturb the Duncans' otherwise serene lifestyle. Adam's violent visions eventually mutate to ill temper, and an aura of menace permeates the aura of a boy who had otherwise been sweetness incarnate from the day of his birth. Eventually, Paul discovers that Dr. Wells is not a pediatrician, but a geneticist, and that their playing God may have been a Faustian bargain of epic proportions. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:April 30, 2004


Greg Kinnear
as Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn
as Jessie Duncan
Robert De Niro
as Dr. Richard Wells
Cameron Bright
as Adam Duncan
Marcia Bennett
as Principal Hersch
Zoie Palmer
as Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey
as Cora Williams
Devon Bostick
as Zachary Clark Wells
Raoul Bhaneja
as Samir Miklat
Elle Downs
as Clara Sandler
Jake Simons
as Dan Sandler
Deborah Odell
as Tanya
Jenny Levine
as Sandra Shaw
Merwin Mondesir
as Maurice


Nick Hamm
Cathy Schulman
Marc Butan
Sean O'Keefe
Mark Bomback
Kramer Morgenthau
Brian Tyler
Composer (Music Score)
Niven Howie
Steve Mirkovich
Doug Kraner
Production Designer
Laurie Mirsky
Art Director
Nicholas Lepage
Art Director
Arvinder Grewal
Art Director
Steve Mitchell
Mark Bomback
Robert Ortiz
Associate Producer
Michael Burns
Executive Producer
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Eric Kopeloff
Executive Producer
Jon Feltheimer
Executive Producer
Mark Cuban
Executive Producer
Mark Canton
Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer
Nigel Hutchins
Set Designer
Suzanne McCabe
Costume Designer
Randi Hiller
Stephanie Gorin
Sarah Halley-Finn
John Stoneham
Second Unit Director