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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

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

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

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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The film is based on the 2014 novel of the same name written by Ian McEwan, who also wrote the script for the film. 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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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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Emma's tour-de-force performance stirs an incisive drama
8 September 2018 | by lor_See all my reviews

Kudos to all hands involved in making "The Children Act", a chamber drama about a family court Justice in London failing to achieve balance between her job and her private life. The legal issues involved are clearcut, but star Emma Thompson's acting brings out the profound emotional and pyschological issues underneath.

Stanley Tucci is perfect in understated support as her neglected husband, and a true discovery here is Fionn Whitehead as the teenage protagonist, a Jehovah's Witness whose life hangs in the balance as his parents, Church elders and he himself refuse the blood transfusions necessary to give his treatment for leukemia a chance to save his life. Fionn Whitehead, previously in a lead role in "Dunkirk", struck me as a powerhouse at the level of a young Tom Courtenay, and would be perfectly cast as either Billy Liar or the Long Distance Runner.


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