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Children of Men (2006)

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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 last one to die please turn out the light. 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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Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niños del hombre  »

Box Office


$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,284,254 (UK) (22 September 2006)


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

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Did You Know?


After screenwriter Paul Chart wrote the first version of the screenplay, it was re-written a few times by other screenwriters including Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Timothy J. Sexton and director Alfonso Cuarón himself. Finally the final version was written by David Arata, Cuarón and Sexton. Clive Owen's insights greatly impressed Cuarón and he contributed a great deal of uncredited work to the final script. See more »


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[first lines]
Newsreader: Day 1,000 of the Siege of Seattle.
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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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Allegro from Symphony No. 10
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Restored my faith in the art of cinema
23 October 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I've had a particularly bad film year, especially after having seen one particular over-hyped vacuous mess earlier in the year which all but killed my desire to see any films, no matter how interesting they looked or what the critics said about them. So, it was with a little trepidation that I went to see this, especially given that it starred Clive Owen (IMHO, the George Lazenby of British acting).

Well, I loved it and I'm not ashamed. It's unremittingly bleak and violent, but so beautifully filmed and realised that, at one point, I damn nearly burst into tears that someone could have created something so fresh and so moving, so provocative, so disturbing and so grimly beautiful. I thought it brought a real sense of imagination to the screen and that it was possessed of a fantastic visual flair. I felt that it ended on a note of hope, however uncertain and unclear, and certainly a note of redemption for the hero. I'll admit that Owen, while he still hasn't convinced me that he's a great actor, pulls off this role with a, doggedness that I found believable and often even moving.

I left the cinema strangely elated, relieved that cinema still has the power to move.

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