For Queen and Country (1989)

For Queen and Country



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With a cruel, keen edge, this taut social drama slices deeply into Thatcher's England to expose a grim underbelly of racism, cynicism and despair. Reuben James is a black paratrooper who has spent the last nine years serving in the British army and who finally gets discharged to return to his home in South London. There he discovers that the residents have been ravaged by the poverty of the decade and many have turned to crime to survive, while others do their best in the midst of crushing … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Trix Worrell, Martin Stellman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Working Title Films



as Reuben James

as Stacey

as Kilcoyne

as Colin

as Bob Harper

as Challoner

as Lynford

as Debbie

as Feargal

as Pearl

as Mickey

as Girl with Bull Terri...

as Party Girl

as Civil Servant

as Peelhead

as Party Girl

as Drunken Man

as Fairground Stallhold...

as Cab Office Onwer

as Sikh Minder

as Lieutenant

as Party Girl

as French Girl #1
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Critic Reviews for For Queen and Country

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Effective radical agitprop, relentless in its anger, this film is more outspoken about contemporary racism in England than any other feature that comes to mind.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a serious subject, and worthy of a serious journalistic report. That is not, however, what For Queen and Country is.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The choice of Washington doesn't help: he isn't bad in the part, but his accent strays absurdly. More worrying is the often corny plotting, the by now tired-looking exploitation of Broadwater violence, and a preposterous shootout ending.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In a terrifically subtle and powerful performance, Mr. Washington is true to the modest, struggling man he plays. His expression registers restrained anger and much confusion.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Washington creates the character as a convincing, sympathetic person, and he deserves more than to have the character thrown away on a phoned-in plot.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for For Queen and Country


Denzel walks around, denzel talks to some guys, denzel drinks some liquor, denzel dies. and he does all this with a british accent and australian slang.

danny d

Super Reviewer

This i have to say was not the best performance i have seen but still good . he does what he has to. To protect his loved ones . and takes care of his reputation. we all have to do that one time or another another real life situation and he pulled it off. and without a boring plot. i don't know how he does it but he has the talent to keep you interested in these movies.....

Stephanie Kriesel

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