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Queen and Country (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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
Tamsin Egerton
as Ophelia
Pat Shortt
as Redmond
John Standing
as George
Brian F. O'Byrne
as RSM Digby
Tom Stuart
as Lieutenant Fortesque-Brown
Alfie Stewart
as Henderson
Dan Clucinschi
as Lionel Barker
Edgar Nistor
as Osbourne
Julian Wadham
as Colonel Fielding
Alister Austin
as Matthews
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 (84) | 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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A wartime comedy of manners, it's a delightfully whimsical portrait of 1952 England, a time and place of class discord that's both uproarious and politically pointed.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

The director gets all the period detail exactly right and there are plenty of historical and cultural references that evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Queen and Country


A wartime comedy of manners, it's a delightfully whimsical portrait of 1952 England, a time and place of class discord that's both uproarious and politically pointed.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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

Super Reviewer

Nothing hilarious in this story about weak and shallow boy who accomplishes nothing because he believes in nothing. Is that Britain of the 1950s? Hope and Glory dealt with a time of tremendous hardships. This movie deals with the opposite: whimpering boy protagonists who crumple under the slightest strain. The only strong people in the story are the women. Perhaps that is Boorman's view of post WWII Britain. There isn't a man on the throne anymore and likewise not a man to be found elsewhere.

Kevin Wells
Kevin Wells

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