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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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Alfonso Cuarón

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Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 79 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Theo Faron
Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi ... Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
Michael Caine ... Jasper
Mishal Husain Mishal Husain ... Newsreader
Rob Curling Rob Curling ... Newsreader
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Luke
Jon Chevalier Jon Chevalier ... Café Customer
Julianne Moore ... Julian
Rita Davies Rita Davies ... Café Customer
Charlie Hunnam ... Patric
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... Café Customer
Chris Gilbert Chris Gilbert ... Café Customer
Phoebe Hawthorne Phoebe Hawthorne ... Café Customer
Rebecca Howard Rebecca Howard ... Café Customer
Atalanta White Atalanta White ... Café Customer (as Atlanta White)
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Storyline

London, 2027. In this dystopian world, humans have been incapable of reproducing for eighteen years for an unknown reason, meaning the imminent extinction of the species. Britain is the one remaining civilized society on the planet, which has resulted in people wanting to immigrate there. As such, it has become a police state in order to handle the immigrants, who are placed into refugee camps. Lowly government bureaucrat Theo Faron, once an activist, is approached by the Fishes, deemed a terrorist group, led by his ex-wife Julian Taylor, who he has not seen in close to twenty years, their marriage which disintegrated following the death of their infant son Dylan during the 2008 flu pandemic. Although the Fishes did use terrorist means in their on-going revolution against the state in the fight for immigrant rights, Julian vows that they now garner support solely by speaking to the people. What she wants is for Theo to use his connections to get transit papers for a young immigrant ... Written by Huggo

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The last one to die please turn out the light. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK | Japan

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,284,254 (United Kingdom), 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,268, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$35,552,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,959,751
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the most difficult scenes to film, from a production design standpoint, was the moment when Clive Owen's kidnappers take him to a room covered in newspaper. Every story on every newspaper had to be created specially for this scene, even though they're barely glimpsed. See more »

Goofs

While playing the game where they shoot the ping pong ball into each-other's mouths, the camera can be seen as a reflection in the window just as they lean in for the kiss. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

At the very end, one can read "Shanti, Shanti, Shanti" 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." "Shanti" means "peace" in Sanskrit. See more »

Connections

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruby Tuesday
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Franco Battiato
Published by Abkco Music, Inc (BMI)
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Amazing Film. Truly fantastic! Mindblowing...
2 September 2006 | by green_fairy2See all my reviews

I've seen this film and let me tell everyone that it was one of the most pleasurable surprises I've ever had with a film. I hadn't heard about it before and it totally took me by surprise. It blew me away and left me speechless. The acting is excellent by most of the actors, but Michael Caine deserves to receive a special mention for his amazing portrait of the old hippie Jasper. His performance is fantastic and he totally stole the show in the scenes he was in. Claire Hope is also fantastic in the role of Kee. Her performance is quite impressive, especially considering this is one of her first films. Clive Owen is also great as the reluctant hero who sees his life turned upside down and is given a huge responsibility. I've seen him in some other films and he's at his best here. A very good performance, you could feel what he was going through. In the technical aspects the film was brilliant, particularly Alfonso Cuarón's strong and consistent direction that is one of the best things in the film, and contributes a lot to its quality. Also director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki does wonders with images and there are some extremely beautiful shots all done in a naturalistic way, natural lighting, etc. It's an extremely well crafted film that makes you go through the emotional struggle the characters go through and makes you feel that you're in the middle of it all. Besides, it's also an extremely touching story that certainly touched my heart. One of the best films I've ever seen without any doubt.


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