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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.

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Richard Eyre

Writers:

Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Stacha Hicks ... Jill
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Dominic Carter ... Roger
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
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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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:

$18,293, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$513,381, 4 November 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 149230. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, her clerk and others address Fiona as 'my lady'; in reality they would simply call her 'judge'. 'My Lady' is a term of address used only in court. See more »

Quotes

Jack Maye: Look, you wanna live like this? Fine. I don't. I'm going to have this affair.
Fiona Maye: And a divorce and the child I've failed to give you?
Jack Maye: No. No divorce, no deception, no lies. I love you and we're meant to be together but... look, I could have gone behind your back.
Jack Maye: Oh, how very kind. I can't believe how cool we are. Open marriage. The time to suggest that, Jack, was before the wedding, not twenty years afterwards.
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Featured in Front Row: 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 is sitting at the desk in her study)
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Stunningly Powerful
26 August 2018 | by harry-27-588516See all my reviews

Never before have I gone to a screening of a film just to see if it was going to be just OK, in fact I nearly didn't go. How wrong I was, I cannot remember a film that has has such an emotional impact on me. It's a very powerful intelligent and moving film with stunning performances from Emma Thompson & Fionn Whitehead and if Emma doesn't receive awards for her performance alone then there's something seriously wrong. If you like intelligent thought provoking films, go and watch this on the big screen, I promise you'll not be disappointed.


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