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Child 44 (2015)

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A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director:

Daniel Espinosa

Writers:

Richard Price (screenplay), Tom Rob Smith (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Atkins ... Young Leo Demidov
Mark Lewis Jones ... Tortoise
Tom Hardy ... Leo Demidov
Joel Kinnaman ... Vasili
Fares Fares ... Alexei Andreyev
Karel Dobrý ... Photographer
Noomi Rapace ... Raisa Demidov
Agnieszka Grochowska ... Nina Andreyeva
Petr Vanek ... Fyodor
Jana Stryková ... Mara
Jason Clarke ... Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Ursina Lardi ... Zina Gubinova
Michael Nardone ... Semyon Okun
Jemma O'Brien Jemma O'Brien ... Elena Okun
Lottie Steer ... Tamara Okun
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Storyline

Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case. Written by Arnold

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Catch the killer. Expose the truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist which is a list of the "most liked" unmade film scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

All the officers seen are wearing shoulder board insignia. The insignia shown, with the blue trim and blue center strip are indicative of the "Aviation Branch". Based on the duties and locations of the officers, they are definitely not Aviation. The shoulder boards should have red trim with a red stripe signifying ground forces. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tortoise: Your father?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: Dead?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: What's your name?
Young Leo Demidov: I don't want it any more.
Tortoise: I'll give you a new one. Leo. Like a lion.
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A Partisan's Song
Traditional
Performed by The Red Army Choir
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Lose Yourself
12 May 2015 | by lucerucSee all my reviews

Excellent opportunity to lose yourself in a brilliantly multifaceted, deftly crafted story about love, war, politics, serial-killers, violence, loyalty, betrayal, tenderness, and back again. And again. New every time. Fresh, like running water, the story keeps you guessing throughout, and yet at the same time it feels oddly familiar, a bit like seeing your own reflection in the mirror for the very first time. Acting? Seamless. The entire cast, not just the ever so captivating leads. Not one false note amongst the lot. I vote Child 44 should receive the much coveted Collective Oscar Award 2016. Direction? What direction? Surely, the story just went and told its spellbinding self. By itself. Daniel who? And as for the cinematography, the look and feel of this film was authentic and distinctive enough for me to actually look up the DP's name: Oliver Wood. Who's probably just another genius on board of Child 44. Could go on, but think this more than covers the IMDb's suspiciously lofty demand for a mini-essay. Hope you enjoy watching Child 44 as much as I did.


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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | Russia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,812, 19 April 2015

Gross USA:

$1,224,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,951,093
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2.35 : 1
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