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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)
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After providing voice-overs for Beauty and the Beast, The Children Act stars Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci share the joys of working together again.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Toni Beard ... Protester
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
Hiten Patel ... Lawyer
Andrew Havill ... George
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Storyline

As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, 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

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We all make choices. Hers make history.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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:

$18,293, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,981, 20 September 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Original literary source: ""The Children Act", novel by Ian McEwan, published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2-9-2014, 224 pp., ISBN: 9780224101998. See more »

Goofs

Had Adam been infused with the volume of air (in the empty line into his vein) that preceded the flow of blood, that air would probably have killed him. See more »

Quotes

Adam Henry: My choice... my lady.
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Soundtracks

My Funny Valentine
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Taken from their musical comedy "Babes in Arms" (1937)
Performed By Emma Thompson on the piano; vocals by Anthony Calf.
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Outstanding, incredible storytelling, unrelenting.
12 September 2018 | by Glenn_K9See all my reviews

I am and always have been an Emma Thompson fan however when an actor such as Fionn Whitehead can show a fresh new face on the screen and totally steel it from Emma Thompson that's one mean feat! The blood transfusion for Mormons has always been a sore sport for me. I believe we all have the right to our own spirituality and belief system, sincerely I believe if something empowers you to the degree it can actually heal you (emotionally and physically) than so be it. I don't believe in the right, when a perfect outcome is like a practical sure thing, that taking that life is right. Its murder period. The Performance of Fionn Whitehold certainly taught me otherwise! A truly gifted actor with a bright brilliant career ahead of him. I think this film brought something different to us. It also teaches that ultimately it is our choice that matters most. Hats off, totally enjoyed this.


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