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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Leo Demidov
... Tortoise
... Leo Demidov
... Vasili
... Alexei Andreyev
... Photographer
... Raisa Demidov
... Nina Andreyeva
... Fyodor
... Mara
... Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
... Zina Gubinova
... Semyon Okun
Jemma O'Brien ... Elena Okun
... Tamara Okun
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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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How many more must die before the truth is exposed? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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17 April 2015 (UK)  »

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Crímenes ocultos  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,812, 17 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,206,135, 10 May 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,951,093, 27 October 2015
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The scene at the Reichstag in 1945 when the Russian flag is planted in the roof is based on a real incident. The soldier helping the one holding the flag was indeed wearing several watches, but the captain taking the photo failed to see it. As newspapers around the world published the photo, Stalin became angry at the implications of looting by the Red Army, so the scene was staged and photographed again. Today, both versions exist, but there is no clear evidence of who the soldier holding the flag is. See more »

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Mother of the killed boy says he was Leo's godson. This implies a religious affiliation, which in Stalinist times would have been an impossible thing to a high ranking officer of the Soviet army/militia. 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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Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, OP.74, Pathetique
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Antoni Wit
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Lose Yourself
12 May 2015 | by See 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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