My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

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Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.3/10 (3,835 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Werner Herzog

Stars: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny

Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

Writers: Werner Herzog, Herbert Golder


Michael Shannon

Brad McCullum

Willem Dafoe

Detective Hank Havenhurst

Chloë Sevigny


Brad Dourif

Uncle Ted

Michael Peña

Detective Vargas

Udo Kier

Lee Meyers

Loretta Devine

Miss Roberts

Verne Troyer

Grace Zabriskie

Mrs. McCullum

James C. Burns

Swat Commander Brown

Irma P. Hall

Mrs. Roberts

Candice Coke

Officer Slocum

Braden Lynch


Gabriel Pimentel


Jenn Liu


The Mystery Isn't Who. But Why.


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Release Date: 8 July 2010

Filming Locations: Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California, USA

Opening Weekend: £6,815
(10 September 2010)
(2 Screens)

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Did You Know?


Executive producer David Lynch had previously worked with Willem Dafoe in
Wild at Heart and Brad Dourif in both
Dune and
Blue Velvet.


[Talking to a police officer concerning Brad McCullum's actions]
I'm his fiancee, I think I can help!

User Review

Small but classic Herzog

Rating: 8/10

OK, maybe you have to be a Herzog fan to get this one. In its small and
quiet way it's a classic Herzogian study of visionary madness and
obsession, played out this time with mordant irony against the
blandness of suburban San Diego. Brad, a brooding man-child who lives
with his mom, gradually goes nuts, saying and doing increasingly
unhinged (and funny) things to his clueless loved ones, played by goofy
character actors like Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie and Chloe Sevigny.
Willem Dafoe plays the equally clueless detective called in when Brad,
inevitably, explodes in a single (off-screen) act of violence. All the
usual Herzog flourishes are here, though often played small: odd
animals, oddball people, grimly threatening nature, useless
bureaucratic procedures, civilization and its hapless inhabitants
struggling to maintain order and etiquette in the face of the world's
natural madness, violence and chaos. It's a wacky, Herzogian comedy of
manners, very much in the tradition of many of his films from Dwarfs
through Stroszek to Grizzly Man. If you like Herzog you'll probably
like it; if not, maybe not.