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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
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Michele Austin ... Donna
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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

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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Intelligent and well made
4 September 2018 | by andygeSee all my reviews

This is a small but intelligent film that will stay with you for a long time after the final credits. It is well made in all categories and addresses a number of issues that are current and important today including faith vs law, love vs life, youth vs experience. This is probably the best adaption of one of Ian McEwans novels and benefits from a strong and nuanced performance from Emma Thomson who is hardly off the screen for a minute and excellent support from Jason Watkins as her clerk and newcomer Fionn Whitehead. As one of the characters says .. I could see you listening and thinking.. and this is really the crux of the film.What decision you come to in the end may differ... but at least you have the enjoyment of being challenged!


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