The Good Son (film)

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The Good Son is a 1993 film about a boy who is suffering from the traumatic loss of his mother (Mark Evans, played by Elijah Wood) and goes to stay with family in Maine while his dad is on a business trip out of the country. While there, he learns his cousin has a fascination with home-made weapons and death, and slightly psychopathic tendicies against his family members.

Directed by Joseph Rubens. Written by Ian McEwan.
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Mark Evans

  • You're not going to die, mom. I promise... You're not going to die cause I won't let you.
  • Henry is gone... and the rest of us are safe... but sometimes... late at night... I find myself thinking... not about Henry, but about Susan and wondering. If she had it to do over, would she make the same choice? I guess I'll always wonder... but I know Ill never ask.

Henry Evans

  • You like my sister, don't you? Such a sweet little girl... it'd be too bad if something were to happen to her... like she got hurt... you'd be sad, wouldn't you, Mark? But hey, accidents can happen... just ask my mom about Richard.
  • [taunting Mark as he's hanging, about to fall] If I let you go... do you think you could fly?
  • You really thought I was going to jump, huh? I guess you don't know me very well, Mom.
  • [While they are playing hide and seek, and Mark says 'Hey, no fair!' after Henry shines a flashlight in his face] No fair? What do you think this is, a game?
  • I can show you something amazing...something you'll never forget. Are you in?
  • ...once you realize that you can do anything... you're free. You can fly. Nobody can touch you... nobody.
  • Hey, Mark- don't fuck with me.
  • [Coldly, after his mother asks if he killed Richard] What if I did?
  • [After his mother tells him she'll get help, and that he can trust her] No... no I can't... you just want to send me away, don't you?...You're going to put me in one of those places...I'd much rather die, you hear me? I'd much rather be dead!
  • [Last words] Mom! Mom, I love you!


Mark: I can handle it.
Alice: Why?
Mark: [after a pause] Because when you make a promise when something is your fault.
Alice: What did you do?
Mark: I let someone die.

Henry: [Henry gives Mark a cigarette] Go on.
Mark: They give you cancer.
Henry: Who cares you're gonna die anyway?

Mark: Ah! Hey, no fair!
Henry: No fair? What do you think this is, a game?

Mark: [after Henry kills the dog] Oh my God.
Henry: I was only trying to scare him.

[after Henry threw a plastic doll off an highway over-pass into oncoming traffic, causing a massive pile-up]
Mark: Do you know what you did?
Henry: Hey, come on. We did it together.
Mark: You could've killed people...
Henry: ...with your help...

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?

Henry: Such a sweet little thing... do you really think I'd hurt her?
Mark: Yes...
Henry: What are you going to do? Watch her all night?

[Mark has Henry pinned and is holding a pair of scissors, threatingly, trying to defend himself]
Mark:I could kill you now...
Henry: Go ahead, jam it in. Got to push pretty hard though. The blood'll go right across the room.
[Wallace Evans, Henry's dad walks in]
Henry: Dad, dad! Help me!
Wallace Evans: Mark! What the hell do you think you were doing? Answer me, God damn it!
Henry: Don't be mad at Mark, he's just not himself.
Wallace Evans: This is serious, Mark. You could have hurt him.
Mark: He's the one who wants to hurt people!
Henry: Mark, I'm sorry you don't want to be friends.

Mark: What if there was this boy... and he did these terrible things because he liked doing them... would you say he was evil?
Alice: I don't believe in evil.
Mark: You should...

Mark: Henry said he hated her.
Susan: What are you saying?
Mark: I told you... I'm telling you... Connie didn't just slip... you don't know what he is... Henry tried to kill Connie and he can do it again.
Susan: [slaps him] Stop it, that's a lie! Henry is my son. He's my little boy and I love him. Don't ever come to me with these lies again.

Henry: You better stop telling lies about me, because no one's going to believe you.
Mark: Sooner or later they're going to find out about you.
Henry: Who's they? My dad? My mom?
Mark: I told your mom.
Henry: Why would she believe you? She's my mom, not yours.
Mark: You know, you're wrong about that. She is my mother.
Henry: Your mom? You crazy? Your mom's maggot food.
Mark: My mom said she'd always be with me. She chose your mom as a way of coming back, but I guess it would be hard for you to understand that, but it's true. She's my mother now.
Henry: Hey, Mark... don't fuck with me.

Henry: Go ahead... eat... drink... don't let me stop you.
Mark: What did you do?
Henry: Do? Me? Oh... I get it. You think I put something in my family's food... you think that I... Mark, come on... do you really think I'd do a thing like that?

Susan: Henry...
Henry: Yes, Mom?
Susan: You never told me... what happened the night that Richard died?
Henry: Don't you know?
Susan: I'd like to hear it coming from you.
Henry: I was downstairs, playing.
Susan: Henry, don't lie to me, alright? Just... don't lie to me. Now, you tell me... did you kill Richard?
Henry: ...what if I did?

Susan: We'll get you help, hon.
Henry: You don't look too good, Mom. Looks like you need the help.
Susan: You're going to have to trust me, Henry.
Henry: No... no I can't... you just want to send me away, don't you?
Susan: Why no, no I don't.
Henry: You're going to put me in one of those places...
Susan: No, Henry.
Henry: I'd much rather die, you hear me? I'd much rather be dead!

Henry: Oh wait, I just remembered... she's not my mom anymore, she's yours. Isn't that what you said? She's your mother now.
Mark: Yeah...
Henry: Your mom, my mom... what the hell? We'll both miss her.
Mark: I'll kill you first...
Henry: Poor Mark... so violent... so disturbed. If you don't watch out, they're gonna lock you up.


  • Evil has many faces.
  • In a quiet town...In a comfortable home...In a perfect body...Evil can be as close as someone you love.


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