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Queen and Country

Queen and Country
  • 2014
  • UK/France/Romania
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Boorman
  • Written by: John Boorman
  • Cast: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Tamsin Egerton
  • UK release: 5 June 2015

In this sequel to 1987's Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory, Bill (Turner) is called up for National Service and has to face the prospect of fighting in the Korean War. Endearingly clear-eyed and surefooted, with Boorman bringing the best out of an excellent cast, but it lacks the focus of its predecessor.

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In 1987 John Boorman's masterpiece HOPE AND GLORY recreated the second world war through the eyes of 9-yearold Bill Rohan. Who can forget his rejoicing in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb?

QUEEN AND COUNTRY picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill begins basic training at the outbreak of the Korean War, along with his trouble-making army mate Percy. They never get near Korea, but engage in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley. Richard E. Grant is their superior, the very, very, infinitely put-upon, aptly-named Major Cross

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Queen and Country

1 Jun 20153 stars

John Boorman's belated sequel to Hope and Glory is a modest pleasure

Hope and Glory remains one of the great achievements of director John Boorman's 50-year career. A loving evocation of his wartime childhood, it captured a pungent sense of social conventions being eagerly abandoned and a young boy having the time of his…

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