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Children of Men (2006)

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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The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. Written by Production

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The last one to die please turn out the light. See more »

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

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5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fils de l'homme  »

Box Office

Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,284,254 (UK) (24 September 2006)

Gross:

$35,552,383 (USA)
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Trivia

In the scene where Jasper is describing how he and Theo met, you can hear choral music in the background. The music is Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder" or "songs of the death of children". The text of the piece is taken from a set of poems written by German poet Rückert. The poems were written in an effort to cope with the loss of his own two children. See more »

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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 »

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[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 "Shantih, Shantih, Shantih" 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." "Shantih" means "peace" in Hindi. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: American Tourister (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Arbeit Macht Frei
Performed by The Libertines
Written by Pete Doherty (as Peter Doherty)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
(p) 2004 Rough Trade Records Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
ISRC: GBCVZ0300870
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Utterly transfixed
22 September 2006 | by (Leeds, UK) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie without catching any reviews, expecting something rather depressing and underfunded.

Let me stop there and start again.

This movie is a revelation from start to finish. A convincing future world, deftly conveyed with so many subtle signals that I'm sure it will benefit from further viewings. A completely "other" England which I was amazed to see realised in such detail. Clive Owen FINALLY has the heroic role we have been waiting for and is brilliant in it. Julianne Moore simply glows and I've never enjoyed Sir Michael Caine so much before. The soundtrack is beautifully eclectic. Aside from some excellent classical choices, there's an evocative and alternative Spanish take on "Ruby Tuesday" which is a signature on the film. Wait during the end titles to enjoy an excremental song from Jarvis Cocker.

The movie grabbed my attention right from the start, and never let go. Initially, it's the differences of this future world that intrigue. Then, when the action starts, what I found really surprising was the freshness of direction that made me react to bullets and violence as if I'd never seen them in a movie before. If the script wasn't so wonderfully leavened with wit, it would be a grim and scary movie at times.

Finally, the whole thing is lit brilliantly, from the authentic dim English days to the atmospheric ending.

One to watch alongside "The Handmaid's Tale" some time....


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