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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

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A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Melanie
... Kieran Gallagher
... Devani
... Sgt Eddie Parks
... Dr. Jean Selkirk
... Helen Justineau
... Dillon
... Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Mia Garcha ... Melanie Double
Grace McGee ... Anne
... Kenny
Connor Pratt ... Peter
Joe Lomas ... Joe
Will Brooks ... Painted Boy
Joel Sheldon ... T-Shirt Boy


In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Our greatest threat is our only hope. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence/bloody images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

She Who Brings Gifts  »

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Box Office


£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film shares similar themes and plot points to the PS4 video game the Last of Us. Both feature a fungal zombie plague, both have a last stage of infection where people sprout spore pods, both zombies overwhelming rely on a single sense (smell and sound respectively) meaning the heroes can move from hordes, both feature a young girl who potentially has the cure who needs to be moved through the infected zone, both focus on her relationship with a gruff reluctant father figure. The similarities were highlighted in several reviews. See more »


Whilst the movie was filmed in 2015 the panoramic shot of central London containing the 'Gherkin' also shows the old building at 20 Fenchurch Street, which was demolished in 2008, its replacement, the 'Walkie Talkie' was completed in 2014. See more »


Helen Justineau: [Melanie stares at a cat poster] Do you want a cat?
Melanie: [as blood still drips from her face] I already had one.
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.108 (2016) See more »

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Interesting & different, I really enjoyed it!
4 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've been looking forward to watching this movie and it didn't disappoint! I am a big horror/thriller/drama fan, and I do love zombie movies, and this was a completely new variation that focused more on the human story, which I also love, but the story behind it all is unlike other films I've seen. I'd say this is more of a drama with thriller/horror aspects mainly due to the situation the characters are in, and I'd encourage everyone to give it a watch! The acting is great, the story is unique and interesting and It was not predictable at all. I haven't read the book but I'm going to do so next. I really enjoyed this movie!

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