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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 Americamore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Boorman
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On DVD: Sep 8, 2015
BBC Worldwide North America - Official Site


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...
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 Re...
Paul Ansdell
as Newsreader
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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

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 picture is upfront about being a sequel, but it may play better for those who aren't attached to the original film.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015

Given how richly his countryman Terence Davies has realized post-war England in movies like Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Deep Blue Sea, the cartoonishness of Queen And Country grates even further.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
NOW Toronto

It's a pleasant, nostalgic movie that didn't need to be made (a memoir written, maybe), chiefly because he has nothing new to say about the postwar era.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015
Seattle Weekly

The film has its moments but not enough to justify a trip to the multiplex.

Full Review… | November 5, 2015
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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