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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

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Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Adam Henry: The law is an ass.
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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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Not a 'must watch' tower
1 September 2018 | by Kumarh02See all my reviews

The trailer really wets the appetite and if like me, you were expecting a lengthy legal battle with a dose of moral dilemma and lashings of emotion, you will be disappointed. The JW blood element is short and fleeting as the film concentrated more on the marriage problems between ET & ST, who perform fantastically as ever btw, and the wild infatuations of a confused boy. There was some misrepresentation of JW's, the Kingdom Hall didn't look like any I had ever set foot in, it painted a biased picture of people's interpretation of faith and there language and terminology felt archaic and old testamenty. There are few a divisive topics as refusing blood transfusions for minors based on religious faith and this particular showing didn't leave me or my party much to deliberate on after the credits. Overall, a missed opportunity and a waste of a fine cast.


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