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The Children Act (2017)

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As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Chris Wilson ... Barrister
Andrew Havill ... George
Paul Jesson ... Humphrey
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
Naomi Frederick ... Amanda
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Storyline

As her marriage to Jack Faye (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Dame Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. Written by Duncan Kenworthy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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We all make choices. Hers make history.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. See more »

Goofs

Maye has a Fazioli baby grand piano in her home. The least expensive piano made by Fazioli has a price tag of $120,000.00. She clearly must have independent means or it would be impossible for a judge to be able to afford such a piano, especially considering her large and extremely expensive London home.

She also plays a Fazioli grand at the concert. Faziolis were introduced in the 1980s and, while being exceptionally well-made and extremely expensive, they are rare, which makes it odd to find one in both locations. This makes no sense for this story and is clearly a product placement. See more »

Quotes

Fiona Maye: [kicks Jack's trolley bag to the front door] Excuse me, long day.
[walks into the study and slams the door shut]
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Connections

Featured in Front Row Late: Episode #3.6 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Partita No 2 in C Minor
written by Johann Sebastian Bach
(uncredited)
(at the beginning of the film when Fiona Maye Emma Thompson is sitting at the desk in her study)
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User Reviews

 
Brilliant story ... beautifully executed by the couple Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci
16 September 2018 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

The story is just sensational and filled with emotions from start till that unexpected sad ending .

The plot of the movie is so current and relatable ,, probably based on somewhat true stories .. and the script was organized and tight ,, no holes or dull lines ..

As for the cast ,, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci did an amazing job power couple ,, and Fionn Whitehead was also very engaging and convincing.

So recommended.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Act See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,108, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:

$547,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,696,794
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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