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King and Country (1965)

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King and Country was adapted by Evan Jones from John Wilson's play Hamp. Misfit World War I British soldier Tom Courtenay, on trial for desertion, is defended by martinet officer Dirk Bogarde. Disgusted by the assignment, Bogarde wearily asks the dullwitted Courtenay the reasons for his actions. Courtenay replies that, after being the sole survivor of a battle and discovering that his wife had been cheating on him while he was serving his country, he didn't see any purpose in going on; thus, he "went for a little walk". Bogarde's dislike of his client melts into sympathy, which in turn leads to temporary indignation over the manner in which the average enlisted man is treated by his aristocratic superiors. Despite his pleas for leniency, Bogarde's client is sentenced to be shot; after all, an example must be made. On the day of the execution, the men on the firing squad are so drunk that they're unable to carry out the sentence. Once more incensed by the "rabble" that he's forced to deal with, Bogarde takes the law into his own hands. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Dirk Bogarde
as Capt. Hargreaves
Tom Courtenay
as Pvt. Arthur Hamp
Leo McKern
as Capt. O'Sullivan
Barry Foster
as Lt. Webb
James Villiers
as Capt. Midgley
Peter Copley
as Colonel
Barry Justice
as Lt. Prescott
Jeremy Spenser
as Pvt. Sparrow
James Hunter
as Pvt. Sykes
David Cook (XXII)
as Pvt. Wilson
Larry Taylor
as Sergeant-Major
Jonah Seymour
as Cpl. Hamilton, MP
Keith Buckley
as Corporal of the Guard
Richard Arthure
as Guard `Charlie'
Derek Partridge
as Captain at Court-Martial
Brian Tipping
as Lieutenant at Court-Martial
Terry Palmer
as Soldiers in Hamp's Platoon
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Critic Reviews for King and Country

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Tense, downbeat, class-conscious antiwar drama.

May 31, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Losey overcomes the script's soapbox aspirations with his crisp direction.

May 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Losey creates a chilling sense of mood with nothing more than horrifying still images of a war-torn landscape.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 85/100

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