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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.

Director:

Colm McCarthy

Writers:

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sennia Nanua ... Melanie
Fisayo Akinade ... Kieran Gallagher
Dominique Tipper ... Devani
Paddy Considine ... Sgt Eddie Parks
Anamaria Marinca ... Dr. Jean Selkirk
Gemma Arterton ... Helen Justineau
Anthony Welsh ... Dillon
Glenn Close ... Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Mia Garcha Mia Garcha ... Melanie Double
Grace McGee Grace McGee ... Anne
Eli Lane Eli Lane ... Kenny
Connor Pratt Connor Pratt ... Peter
Joe Lomas Joe Lomas ... Joe
Will Brooks Will Brooks ... Painted Boy
Joel Sheldon Joel Sheldon ... T-Shirt Boy
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Storyline

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.

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Our greatest threat is our only hope. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to director Colm McCarthy an influence on the style was Gareth Edwards's Monsters (2010): "I also spoke to Gareth Edwards about "Monsters" ahead of shoot. That film was a reference point." [2016] See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Melanie: We're alive?
Dr. Caroline Caldwell: Yes. You're alive.
Melanie: Then why should it be us who die for you?
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Connections

References Cujo (1983) See more »

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Nice take on The Bodysnatchers, and the (evolved) zombie genre
29 July 2019 | by CountJonnieSee all my reviews

Cargo and Patient Zero already proved that the zombie genre isn't dead and buried. It just needed to be reinvented and evolved. And so the genre did, or even better: the zombies.

Zombies are less presented as mindless monsters and more as an inevitable next step in the evolution and an integral part of a not too distant future. And so we have a brilliantly portrayed Melanie, who is infected, but very intelligent and able to know love, friendship and trust as she bonds with a group of human survivors trying one last time for a cure.

We live in a world that is decided by the choices that humans make. This movie makes that obviously clear, without becoming over dramatic and it keeps its entertainment value as a horror drama movie.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl with All the Gifts See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,086,096
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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