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Child 44 (2015)

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Andreyeva
Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Zina Gubinova
Semyon Okun
Jemma O'Brien ...
Elena Okun
Tamara Okun


Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case. Written by Arnold

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Catch the killer. Expose the truth. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 2015 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Crímenes ocultos  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$621,812 (USA) (17 April 2015)


$1,206,135 (USA) (10 May 2015)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Oldman (just like his co-stars) speaks with a Russian accent in the film. Oldman also played Sgt. Resnov in the video game Call of Duty: World at War (2008) with a Russian accent as well, both characters from the film and game sound just like. See more »


The position of Vlad's son's legs changes between shots when he is sitting on the railway station and talking to Vlad. See more »


[first lines]
Tortoise: Your father?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: Dead?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: What's your name?
Young Leo Demidov: I don't want it any more.
Tortoise: I'll give you a new one. Leo. Like a lion.
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Queen of Spades - OP. 68 - Ja Vas Ljublju
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
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Just to counter the ones who downvoted out of pure grief.
17 April 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I'd say amusement-wise this movie is worth 7.5 out of 10. The story holds his own and apart from the accents that might perhaps now and then throw of some authentic feel the movie is certainly enjoyable.

Since the book in itself is superb, and by no means historically 100% accurate as the writer Tom Rob Smith also wrote in the last pages of the book, so no need for anyone to get their panties in a twist.

Of course the same goes for me, so I will try to be as little judgmental as possible.

That Stalin is responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians, is still today for many Russians a form of western propaganda.

Having had a Russian girlfriend a couple of years ago at her hometown somewhere in Russia (It's precise town is irrelevant) me, a few friends of mine and her sister were having a drink and a laugh in her apartment.

At some point we all had to name a historic person who was important to our country and someone we saw as role model, hero or whatever.

When my girlfriend's (19 year old) sister named Stalin I first assumed she began to develop a sense of sarcasm and I laughed at what I expected to be a joke. This infuriated her and so the game was suddenly over. Any arguments made in my defense by me and my friends mentioning some of Stalin's gruesome crimes committed upon his own people were received as US propaganda/Western lies.

What some people also here fail to realize is that this is no Hollywood propaganda. The sequel of the book is called Kolyma, are those gulag camps western propaganda also? For the purpose of exaggeration: I wonder if Nazi Germany had not been defeated during world war 2, would we see many people here at IMDb (in a post-NAZI Germany) 70+ years later commenting on movies like Schindler's List or The Grey Zone, only to paint them with the same brush of Western propaganda?

For some: please don't watch this movie if you have font memories of the Soviet Era.

For everyone else: It's a nice flick with a great cast, go watch it!

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