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Children of Men (2006)

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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

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Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 49 wins & 79 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Theo Faron
Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi ... Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
Michael Caine ... Jasper
Mishal Husain Mishal Husain ... Newsreader
Rob Curling Rob Curling ... Newsreader
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Luke
Jon Chevalier Jon Chevalier ... Café Customer
Julianne Moore ... Julian
Rita Davies ... Café Customer
Charlie Hunnam ... Patric
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... Café Customer
Chris Gilbert Chris Gilbert ... Café Customer
Phoebe Hawthorne Phoebe Hawthorne ... Café Customer
Rebecca Howard Rebecca Howard ... Café Customer
Atalanta White Atalanta White ... Café Customer (as Atlanta White)
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Storyline

London, 2027. In this dystopian world, humans have been incapable of reproducing for eighteen years for an unknown reason, meaning the imminent extinction of the species. Britain is the one remaining civilized society on the planet, which has resulted in people wanting to immigrate there. As such, it has become a police state in order to handle the immigrants, who are placed into refugee camps. Lowly government bureaucrat Theo Faron, once an activist, is approached by the Fishes, deemed a terrorist group, led by his ex-wife Julian Taylor, who he has not seen in close to twenty years, their marriage which disintegrated following the death of their infant son Dylan during the 2008 flu pandemic. Although the Fishes did use terrorist means in their on-going revolution against the state in the fight for immigrant rights, Julian vows that they now garner support solely by speaking to the people. What she wants is for Theo to use his connections to get transit papers for a young immigrant ... Written by Huggo

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No child has been born for 18 years. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Japan

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$501,003, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$35,552,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,099,445
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfonso Cuarón first started working on the screenplay before he made Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). While he was directing the Harry Potter installment, David Arata re-wrote Hawk Ostby's and Mark Fergus' screenplay. This was the version that made Clive Owen sign on. (The screenplay was later re-worked by Cuarón and Timothy J. Sexton, with significant input from Owen.) See more »

Goofs

Just before Theo enters the blown-out apartment building in Bexhill while searching for Kee, there is a London Underground (subway) sign visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newsreader: Day 1,000 of the Siege of Seattle.
Newsreader: The Muslim community demands an end to the Army's occupation of mosques.
Newsreader: The Homeland Security bill is ratified. After eight years, British borders will remain closed. The deportation of illegal immigrants will continue. Good morning. Our lead story.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end, one can read "Shanti, Shanti, Shanti" with children shouting and laughing on the soundtrack, which can be heard repeatedly throughout the end credits. This is the last line of T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem "The Wasteland." "Shanti" means "peace" in Sanskrit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Homefront (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Allegro from Symphony No. 10
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
Bis CD 973/974
BBC National Orchestra of Wales (as BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales), Mark Wigglesworth
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Consultancy
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a must see= brilliant and fresh
25 October 2006 | by blestangSee all my reviews

this film is one of the best things i have seen this year. It's an improbable cross between "Brazil" "a clockwork orange" and the video game HALF-LIFE2 (from which it borrows it's final sequences and use of on shot action-sequences) it manages to be both entertaining in the Hollywood way (with incredible action sequences and a very clever way of using digital effects) yet very sad and different with a very very dark and realistic overtone. No comic relief, no cartoon character bravery, only human behavior in it's best and most horrible way. This realistic overtone makes the main characters very engaging and moving. CLive owen (whose i have always disliked) is excellent as the man drowned into an adventure too big for him (sorry for my bad English)

It's the same kind of film than V for vendetta (both taking place in a futuristic fascist British society) different from the usual mainstrean studio teenager pleaser crap

GO see it! help intelligent cinema


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