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'71 (2015)



Critic Consensus: Powerfully directed and acted, '71 stays true to its fact-based origins while remaining as gripping as any solidly crafted action thriller.

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'71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O'Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. (C) Roadside Attractions

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Jack O'Connell
as Gary Hook
Sean Harris
as Captain sandy Browning
Jack Lowden
as Thompson ("Thommo")
Paul Anderson
as Sergeant Leslie Lewis
Martin McCann
as Paul Haggerty
Killian Scott
as James Quinn
Paul Popplewell
as Training Corporal
Babou Ceesay
as Corporal
Corey McKinley
as Loyalist Child
Valene Kane
as Spitting Woman
Ben Peel
as Ruc Man
Gerard Jordan
as Huge man/Lillian Hughes
Sam Reid
as Lt. Armitage
Dawn Bradfield
as Sean's Mum
Liam McMahon
as O'Brien
Ben Williams-Lee
as Recruit Soldier
Jonah Russell
as Barracks Officer
James McArdle
as Sergeant
Andy Moore
as Ruc Man (Bathroom)
Amy Molloy
as Mother In Raided House
Aaron Lynch
as Young Boy At Riot
Tom Cowling
as Large Soldier
Eabha MacCabe
as Sean's Little Sister
Emmet Kirwan
as Gang Member 2
Barry Barnes
as Jake Fullarton
Chris Patrick Simpson
as Older Loyalist Man
Terence Keeley
as Young Loyalist Man
Jim Sturgeon
as Sergeant John Vickers
Cathy White
as Good Samaritan
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Critic Reviews for '71

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (55)

There is a rich ethical murkiness that runs through this film on a near molecular level, and it strives to gets into the meat of what this kind of violent civil unrest and violence does to people.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

An impressive debut feature buoyed by a captivating central turn.

March 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

'71 makes so much effort to be suspenseful that it doesn't have much time to get into nuance.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Everyone has a least favorite bad dream, and Hook's may be yours: the nightmare of being hopelessly lost in a place where time has stopped and hope has vanished.

March 27, 2015 | Full Review…

O'Connell gives a compelling performance and the film, even when the details are confusing, is never less than gripping and, in its depiction of internecine warfare, tragic.

March 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

For those who know nothing of this bitter conflict, the movie is a good start.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for '71


Once I passed the triteness of its opening and closing parts and some conveniences of the plot, I couldn't feel any other way but astound by the pace and gripping cinéma vérité style of newcomer Yann Demange. Paranoia, rage, discomfort or panic are some of the myriad of emotions dexteriously captured to give substance to a survival drama that in some other hands wouldn't be as effective or thrilling. The cast is also responsible for the achievement in realism and suspense.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


With a visual approach that makes it resemble a documentary, this realistic thriller is highly gripping as a series of tense situations faced by a man caught in a political battle, but it is only a pity, though, that the film makes some odd narrative choices in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A newbie soldier sent to Dublin during The Troubles gets separated from his unit while in hostile territory and must make his way back or die. What's interesting is the tension between those simply trying to survive versus the ruthlessness of policy makers. The movie fan me kept waiting for the soldier to be more proactive, ala John Wayne, and was constantly disappointed. And the ending is too predictable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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