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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:
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

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

The film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. 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: I think I want to have an affair.
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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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Meh
7 October 2018 | by drazen72See all my reviews

I really love Emma Thompson and I have always enjoyed her films. Stanley Tucci is one of the recent favorites, he's really good actor. However, this film - for me - left a lot to be desired. To be honest, after watching the film, I thought the trailer was much better than the feature itself. The film starts really good but around the half it takes a nosedive. So much so, that by the end I couldn't wait for it to end. I thought that nothing on this movie was really developed and characters are kinda bland and flat. Also, there are plot holes which I won't go into, because I don't want to make spoilers. However, if you think about the plot at all, you have to wonder how or why certain situations came to be. You have to wonder because nothing was explained, they were sort of just planted into the film and left like that. All in all, let's just say it had a potential, but failed in almost every area that counts. On the plus side, Emma Thompson's acting was amazing, as usual. Unfortunately, Stanley Tucci has maybe 10 minutes on screen, which is a shame. Also, Fionn Whitehead is perfect for horrors and psychological thrillers. The creepiness of his gaze really made an impression on me.


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