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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)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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

As her marriage to Jack Faye (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Dame Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead), 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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The production was allowed to film at the entrance and in the foyer of the actual Royal Court of Justice in London. This is the only movie in recent times that got permission to do so. See more »

Goofs

As the transfusion begins, the needle and tube is inserted into the arm with several feet of air being in the tube, followed by the flow of blood. This would be lethal, as it would put air into the bloodstream. See more »

Quotes

Adam Henry: The law is an ass.
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Connections

Featured in Front Row Late: Episode #3.6 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen
Cantata BWV.127
written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,108, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:

$547,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,696,794
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1.85 : 1
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