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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

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The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. Written by Production

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The Year 2027. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Niños del hombre  »

Box Office

Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$179,268 (USA) (22 December 2006)

Gross:

$35,286,428 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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Trivia

The street battle where Clive Owen has to take cover in a battered building caused concern for the studio as it took 14 days to prepare this one shot, with a delay of five hours every time it had to be reshot. It was shot over the course of two days but only one complete take was actually captured on film. In middle of one take, some blood spattered on the camera lens. Alfonso Cuaron nearly ruined this take by shouting "Cut!" but his voice was obliterated by the sound of tank and gunfire. Looking at the footage, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki persuaded Cuaron to leave it in and that is the shot that appears in the final film. See more »

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When entering Jasper's house for the first time, an obviously retouched photo (with the headline "MI5 DENY INVOLVEMENT IN TORTURE OF PHOTOJOURNALIST") shows Janice Palmer holding a camera with a large lens. The hand holding the weight of the lens shows a right hand but should be a left hand. It is unlikely that she would have a little finger that is longer than her index finger, as shown in the photo. See more »

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[first lines]
Newsreader: Day 1,000 of the Siege of Seattle.
Newsreader: The Muslim community demands an end to the Army's occupation of mosques.
Newsreader: The Homeland Security bill is ratified. After eight years, British borders will remain closed. The deportation of illegal immigrants will continue. Good morning. Our lead story.
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At the very end, one can read "Shantih, Shantih, Shantih" with children shouting and laughing on the soundtrack, which can be heard repeatedly throughout the end credits. This is the last line of T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem "The Wasteland." "Shantih" means "peace" in Hindi. See more »


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Written by Giorgos Alkaios
Performed by Antique
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(p) & (c) 1999 Bonnier Music - A Division of Bonnier Amigo Music Group AB
Licensed from Bonnier Amigo Music Group AB
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Utterly transfixed
22 September 2006 | by (Leeds, UK) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie without catching any reviews, expecting something rather depressing and underfunded.

Let me stop there and start again.

This movie is a revelation from start to finish. A convincing future world, deftly conveyed with so many subtle signals that I'm sure it will benefit from further viewings. A completely "other" England which I was amazed to see realised in such detail. Clive Owen FINALLY has the heroic role we have been waiting for and is brilliant in it. Julianne Moore simply glows and I've never enjoyed Sir Michael Caine so much before. The soundtrack is beautifully eclectic. Aside from some excellent classical choices, there's an evocative and alternative Spanish take on "Ruby Tuesday" which is a signature on the film. Wait during the end titles to enjoy an excremental song from Jarvis Cocker.

The movie grabbed my attention right from the start, and never let go. Initially, it's the differences of this future world that intrigue. Then, when the action starts, what I found really surprising was the freshness of direction that made me react to bullets and violence as if I'd never seen them in a movie before. If the script wasn't so wonderfully leavened with wit, it would be a grim and scary movie at times.

Finally, the whole thing is lit brilliantly, from the authentic dim English days to the atmospheric ending.

One to watch alongside "The Handmaid's Tale" some time....


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