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Queen and Country (2015)



Critic Consensus: Graceful and bittersweet, Queen and Country finds writer-director John Boorman revisiting past glories with warmth and wisdom.

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QUEEN AND COUNTRY is the hilarious follow-up to John Boorman's HOPE AND GLORY (1987 nominated for 5 Academy Awards), when 9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoices in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb. QUEEN AND COUNTRY picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill (Boorman's alter-ego), played by a charming Callum Turner, begins basic training in the early 1950s, during the Korean War. Bill is joined by a trouble-making army mate, Percy (Caleb Landry Jones). They never get near Korea, but engage in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley -- the brilliant David Thewlis. Richard E. Grant is their superior, the veddy, veddy, infinitely put-upon, aptly-named Major Cross. A superb ensemble cast limns a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar England. (C) BBC America

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David Thewlis
as Sgt. Major Bradley
Richard E. Grant
as Major Cross
Vanessa Kirby
as Dawn Rohan
Pat Shortt
as Redmond
Tom Stuart
as Lieutenant Fortesque-Brown
Alfie Stewart
as Henderson
Dan Clucinschi
as Lionel Barker
Edgar Nistor
as Osbourne
Julian Wadham
as Colonel Fielding
Mihai Iliescu
as Gym Sergeant
Serban Cismarescu
as Army Camp Doctor
Andrei Gonczi
as Post Office Clerk
Jonah Russell
as Dr. Smythe
Doroftei Anis
as Military Hospital Receptionist
Paul Ansdell
as Newsreader
Sinead Cusack
as Grace Rohan
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Critic Reviews for Queen and Country

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (46)

It showcases Boorman's great humanity, but (like Hope and Glory, for that matter) it is almost entirely free of the mild derangement that characterises his best work.

June 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a deeply personal film which also stands as an intriguing record of a period not often revisited in film -- that drab period postwar and pre-Suez in which the country itself, like the flailing young hero Rohan, is struggling to define itself.

June 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Everything you'd expect from distinctive film-maker John Boorman: a heartfelt story told in arresting visual tones through a melange of conflicting accents and strangely theatrical staging.

June 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is the sequel to 1987's Hope and Glory, a coming-of-age yarn awash with illicit passion.

June 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Inconsequentially pleasant.

June 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a string of little jewels masquerading as a story. The army-life japes and escapades, climaxing in the stealing of an officers' mess clock, might seem picayune. But they form a cumulative glitter.

June 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen and Country

I really enjoyed this film. Well acted, with a great cast and a touching story about friendship through troubled times. This is apparently a sequel to a film called Hope and Glory so I will have to watch that now to see how it all began.

Ian Walker
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