Queen & Country

Mr. Boorman approaches his story in the relaxed and generous manner of a raconteur, charming the audience...lovely.

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Queen & Country

The hilarious highlight of John Boorman’s HOPE AND GLORY (1987), nominated for five Oscars: 9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoices in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb. QUEEN & COUNTRY picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill (Boorman’s alter-ego) begins basic training in the early Fifties, during the Korean War. Bill (played by a charming Callum Turner) 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. – Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

“A HUGELY PLEASURABLE follow-up to the director’s autobiographical 1987 HOPE AND GLORY. I found the film deeply moving, perhaps because… Boorman’s nostalgia and gentle sense of loss are so unabashed and sincere, and his filmmaking still so vital.” – Gavin Smith, Film Comment
Genre
Comedy, Drama, War
Runtime
115
Language
English
Director
John Boorman
Cast
Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E Grant, Vanessa Kirby, Tamsin Egerton, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Miriam Rizea, David Hayman, John Standing, Brían F O'Byrne, David Michael Claydon, Julian Wadham
FEATURED REVIEW
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

John Boorman is an explorer. The existential L.A. of "Point Blank," the mythical England of "Excalibur," the swampy backwaters of "Deliverance," the mad future of "Zardoz" - these are the worlds he's taken us to. And now he takes us, again, into another country: The past. "Hope and Glory," released ...

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