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57 Ratings

Queen and Country

Directed by John Boorman
United Kingdom, 2014
War, History, Drama


1952. Bill Rohan is 18 and wanders, dreamy and happy, along the riverside where his family have a house. His daydreaming is rudely interrupted by the Korean war, the draft, and the harsh reality of the military camp where he trains.

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Queen and Country Directed by John Boorman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Directors' Fortnight

Irish Film and Television Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Original Score

2015 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Film

It’s a film of minor incidents, warmly recalled and sketchily dramatised.
August 23, 2015
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All of this could make for a rich mixture – or an episodic clutter. Regrettably, Queen & Country veers towards the latter, at times feeling like chunks of an army-sitcom TV series cut down to feature length. It’s saved from inconsequentiality, though, by the warmth and nostalgia of Boorman’s regard, and his vivid recreation of an awkward, flailing, post-war Britain, struggling to come to terms with a bewilderingly changing world.
June 05, 2015
Boorman has written and cast these roles with a twinkle in his eye, but no one gets caught playing to the gallery; the film’s visually a little pedestrian, but it’s not dull-witted. It takes shape as an institutional comedy in the boisterous British tradition of Porridge or If…, though its closest filmic model might be the 1988 Mike Nichols version of Neil Simon’s conscript-training romp Biloxi Blues.
June 03, 2015
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