Queen and Country


Queen and Country

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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
Anisoara Doroftei
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 (89) | Top Critics (28)

Don't let the British pedigree and nostalgic trimmings fool you: this is no Masterpiece Theatre exercise but a broad, high-spirited, riotously funny service comedy, on par with M*A*S*H and Stripes.

May 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The movie is a sweet-natured, easy-going bit of storytelling, and while Bill may be the central character, Queen and Country is really a movie about England. And it's a love letter to a particular time and place

Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
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The director gets all the period detail exactly right and there are plenty of historical and cultural references that evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Queen and Country finds exhilarating comedy in places usually reserved for drama, violence, loss.

Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In short, [you may realize] how expert presentation can draw you into a world, immerse you in the lives of others, and make you sorry to leave when it's over.

Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A little too silly to be taken seriously, yet also too heavy to get all the laughs it very clearly craves, "Queen and Country" at least shows where Boorman's schizoid, if less than wholly satisfying, sense of storytelling comes from.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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
Ian Walker

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