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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
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
Hiten Patel ... Lawyer
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Andrew Havill ... George
Dominic Carter ... Roger
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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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Country:

UK

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:

$457,803, 11 October 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

-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

Jack Maye: Don't you remember how we were? Don't you miss that?
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Soundtracks

My Funny Valentine
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Taken from their musical comedy "Babes in Arms" (1937)
Performed By Emma Thompson on the piano; vocals by Anthony Calf.
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Touching, intelligent film. great Emma Thompson performance
4 August 2018 | by turetskyneilSee all my reviews

Based on excellent writer Ian McEwan novel, this film managed to balance very nicely two themes, a troubled marriage and exploration of religious freedom in life and death health decisions. Issues of sexuality dying in middle age couples, overwork's effects on intimacy quietly and maturely looked at. No easy answers given. What to decide when a religious family refuses to permit a medically needed blood transfusion for religious reasons. A really remarkable acting tour de force by Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci very good as beloved but sexually frustrated spouse, and very amusing spot on character acting by the "clark". Interesting peeks into England's legal system, and some very good cinematography of English countryside.. Slightly flawed by some melodramatic and poorly explained plot turns, the movie is still a must see, very smart and entertaining.


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