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Another Country

Another Country (1984)

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Release Date: Jun 29, 1984 Wide

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A pair of British lads, one gay and one socialist, chafe at the restrictions of boarding school life in this period piece, which was adapted from Julian Mitchell's novel and play of the same name and loosely based on the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal of the 1950s. In the 1930s, upper-class scions Tommy Judd (Colin Firth) and Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) are both nearing the end of their careers at an unnamed public school that bears a striking resemblance to Eton. Tommy, a Marxist intellectual,

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sep 7, 2004

Orion Classics

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

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

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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One of those sad affairs that commits exactly the sorts of errors that the filmmakers pretend to indict in wider society.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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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 in creating a compelling story whose themes could have been more efficiently explored and led to a much more thought-provoking drama.
June 17, 2014
blacksheepboy

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Good story with good costumes and nice location. Cinematography, makeup and lighting were not up to snuff, unfortunately. Bold story for its time.
September 14, 2013
cchclaw

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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.
May 4, 2011
FrizzDrop

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It's alright.
March 3, 2009
SunilJawahir

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    1. Guy Bennett: Who stole my heart away? Who makes me dream all day? Dreams I know can never come true. Seems as though I'll ever be blue.
    – Submitted by Joseph M (17 months ago)
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