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Little Children

Little Children

Todd Field (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
With his debut feature, In the Bedroom, director Todd Field explored the darker side of middle-class suburban angst, and he's still in the same territory for this follow-up. The setting is a tight-knit American community, into which convicted sex criminal Ronald McGorvey (an extraordinary turn by Jackie Earle Haley) has been released. He fades into the background quickly, as we're soon introduced to Sarah (Kate Winslet), a married mother who becomes fascinated with a charming - and equally married - father (Patrick Wilson) at the local playground. Passions flare, but before you can say "American Beauty" McGorvey bubbles back to the surface as the stories mesh together, leading to an implausible finale that's not quite as profound as it thinks it is. Though its production values are impeccable and its performances pitch-perfect, Little Children feels intellectually hollow and more than a little exploitative of a hot-button subject.


Two suburban parents stuck in unhappy marriages seek solace from their dull lives in a clandestine affair. Meanwhile, the arrival of a convicted sex offender in the neighbourhood sends their tightly-knit community into an uproar of suspicion and fear. Drama, starring Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Pierce Kate Winslet
Kathy Adamson Jennifer Connelly
Brad Adamson Patrick Wilson
Ronald James McGorvey Jackie Earle Haley
Larry Hedges Noah Emmerich
Richard Pierce Gregg Edelman
May McGorvey Phyllis Somerville
Bullhorn Bob Raymond J Barry
Sheila Jane Adams (2)
Aaron Adamson Ty Simpkins
Director Todd Field
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 3 Nov 2006


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