Children of Men

Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian action thriller film[4][5][6][7] co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James' 1992 novel The Children of Men, was credited to five writers, with Clive Owen making uncredited contributions. The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulement by the government. Owen plays civil servant Theo Faron, who must help refugee Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael Caine.

Children of Men
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfonso Cuarón
Screenplay by
Based onThe Children of Men
by P. D. James
Produced by
CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
Edited by
Music byJohn Tavener
Distributed byUniversal Pictures (through Toho-Towa in Japan[1])
Release dates
  • 3 September 2006 (2006-09-03) (Venice)
  • 22 September 2006 (2006-09-22) (United Kingdom)
  • 18 November 2006 (2006-11-18) (Japan)
  • 25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[2]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Japan[3]
Budget$76 million[1]
Box office$70.5 million[1]

The film was released by Universal Pictures on 22 September 2006 in the UK and on 25 December in the US. Critics noted the relationship between the US' Christmas opening and the film's themes of hope, redemption, and faith. Despite the limited release and lack of any clear marketing strategy during awards season by the movie's distributor,[8][9][10] Children of Men received critical acclaim and was recognised for its achievements in screenwriting, cinematography, art direction, and innovative single-shot action sequences. It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. It was also nominated for three BAFTA Awards, winning Best Cinematography and Best Production Design, and for three Saturn Awards, winning Best Science Fiction Film. In 2016 it was voted 13th among 100 films considered the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world.[11]

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