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

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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | Russia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crímenes ocultos See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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2.35 : 1
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From producer Ridley Scott. 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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Soundtracks

A Partisan's Song
Traditional
Performed by The Red Army Choir
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A tough watch but a brilliant job by all concerned
3 October 2015 | by reallaplaineSee all my reviews

Child 44 isn't the movie you watch for light entertainment. It is gritty and tough, and I found myself feeling a sense of absolute disgust for anyone and anything connected with the old school communist state in the USSR. It really makes you look at just how bad that system was and how monstrous the people were who enforced it on the general populace. Nonetheless, the story is compelling, although sometimes the thread jumps around a bit. Tom Hardy's performance was his best ever. I think he warrants an Academy for it. Noomi Rapace was excellent - very authentic in her role. Child 44 is a dark thriller - and without giving anything away, the build up and hatred toward the serial killer really sticks you to this movie - you simply want the killer to get the most gruesome death conceivable for what he does. Apart from the Hollywood aspect, this film depicts reality. This is how life existed under Communism and I think that message is just as compelling and important as the rest of the story - because it really depicted the terror and the suppression that millions of people lived under in the name of some douche bag's idea of "ideology". May Stalin forever lay dead and remembered for only one thing - he was a murdering asshole. Watch the film folks - I notice that the ratings were low, and I think that is an unfair assessment about the quality of this production.


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