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Another Country (1984)




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Inspired by the real events of a British spy scandal of the '50s, a high-ranking government official is brought into espionage by his lover, an avowed Marxist, and the audience is lead to believe that the two sold out their country due to the British government's inherent homophobia.

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Rupert Everett
as Guy Bennett
Colin Firth
as Tommy Judd
Michael Jenn
as Barclay
Robert Addie
as Delahay
Anna Massey
as Imogen Bennett
Betsy Brantley
as Julie Schofield
Cary Elwes
as Harcourt
Philip Dupuy
as Martineau
Guy Henry
as Head Boy
Nicolas Rowe
as Spungin
John C. Line
as Best Man
Tristam Wymark
as Henderson
Llewellyn Rees
as Senior Chaplain
Ivor Roberts
as Chief Judge
Tristram Wymark
as Henderson
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Critic Reviews for Another Country

All Critics (5)

[The] moral would be trite if it didn't go unspoken; it becomes poignant because it's adamantly denied.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Impressive film adaptation of Julian Mitchell's award-winning play.

March 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5

Elegantly shot, this fictionalized version of the British gay spy Guy Burgess, is intelligent but not entirely satisfying; even so, the young Rupert Everett and Colin Firth give splendid performances.

January 6, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of those sad affairs that commits exactly the sorts of errors that the filmmakers pretend to indict in wider society.

June 4, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Another Country

In his first film, Kanievska brings out solid performances from both Rupert Everett and Colin Firth but succeeds only fairly at creating a compelling story whose themes could have been more efficiently explored and led to a much more thought-provoking drama.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Good story with good costumes and nice location. Cinematography, makeup and lighting were not up to snuff, unfortunately. Bold story for its time.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Another Country is always trying to be far more complex than it actually is. Fusing together themes of homosexuality, Communism, and the system of prefects in British boarding schools in the 1930's, it becomes a haphazard maze of inconsistencies and irritating subtext. Rupert Everett, the only shining light of the entire film, is only sparingly announced as gay amongst his peers, most of whom are so desperate for companionship that they have secret trysts with members of their classes. (Other notable roles go to very young Colin Firth and Cary Elwes.) With his usual suave flair and youthful grandeur, Everett is just sly enough not to outright confess throughout the plot that his sexuality is based on himself and not his situation. The prefect system on the other hand is both an annoying subplot, and supposedly overbearing presence in the lives of the schoolmates. Besides being terribly boring and longwinded, the absence of fear was evident on the screen. It didn't help that the score was yet another unpleasant 80's concoction, or that the wardrobe was peculiar for the time period.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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