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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.

Movie Info

'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 Attractionsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Gregory Burke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 2015
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Jack O'Connell
as Gary Hook
Sean Harris
as Captain sandy Browni...
Jack Lowden
as Thompson ("Thommo")
Paul Anderson
as Sergeant Leslie Lewi...
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 Hug...
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 Hou...
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 Simpso...
as Older Loyalist Man
Terence Keeley
as Young Loyalist Man
Jim Sturgeon
as Sergeant John Vicker...
Cathy White
as Good Samaritan
Dawn Bradfield
as Sean's Mum
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News & Interviews for '71

Critic Reviews for '71

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | October 14, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Demange crafts a tight, tense, white-knuckle night of the soul. He certainly proves he can stage a riot.

Full Review… | May 25, 2016
Epoch Times

An impressive debut feature buoyed by a captivating central turn.

Full Review… | March 17, 2016
Little White Lies

He's a passive hero, mostly getting buffeted along by events and people beyond his control. But '71 is no less of a deadly game of cat and mouse for that, focusing more on the other players in this very bad night.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016

It's O'Connell's film and he's very fine indeed, even making you forgive the occasional (and expected) lapses into 'shaky cam'.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016

'71 doesn't pretend that better times are near (Bloody Sunday is just a year ahead), though it does finally proffer a few shreds of humanity against a future we know will be terribly bleak.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015
Seattle Weekly

Audience Reviews for '71


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

Carlos Magalh„es

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

Super Reviewer

A remarkable and compelling tale of a British soldier left behind rebel lines in a 1970's Northern Ireland rife with corruption and treason. The impact of the violence and extremist views on future generations is artfully and smartly played out making "'71" an effective message flick. Good costumes, sets and very good, engrossing acting by up-and-comer Jack O'Connell make this period film well worth watching.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Eamon: Posh cunts telling thick cunts to kill poor cunts. That's the army for you. It's all a lie.
– Submitted by Areeb S (11 months ago)

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