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United States, Date: April 17, 2015, 137 Mins


All | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Suspense
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    Release date: April 17, 2015
    Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
    Director: Daniel Espinosa
    Country: Czech Republic | UK | Romania | USA
    MPAA Rating: R (for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality)
    Screenwriter: Richard Price
    Starring: Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine , Jason Clarke, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman
    Genre: Drama, Suspense    
    Runtime: 137 min
    Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
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Tagline: How do you find a killer who doesn't exist?

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, "Child 44" chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasil (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

Did You Know?

Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke all recently appeared in the film "Lawless" together. Both Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy have also labeled Gary Oldman as one of their inspirations for acting.

The film is based on the book 'Child 44' by Tom Rob Smith, which was directly inspired by the real life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, and is part one of a trilogy of novels.


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In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

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