Queen and Country

Queen and Country

John Boorman (2014)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
John Boorman's sequel to his much-loved 1987 film Hope and Glory is right up there (with Ingmar Bergman's Saraband) for the record for the longest gap a director has taken between his original film and its sequel. Only nine or so years are meant to have passed since Bill Rohan (played here by Callum Turner) was a boy living in Blitz-torn London. Now he's a strapping young man with a keen interest in movies doing his National Service stint. Not a lot really happens here - Bill survives army life at a training camp and experiences a tepid first love with a disturbed young woman (a miscast Tamsin Egerton). The acting is wildly uneven, although David Thewlis provides reliably good value in a supporting role. What a shame Boorman chose to dramatise a fairly dull stretch of his life instead of going for what clearly should come next: his first steps toward becoming the director who would go on to make 1967's Point Blank and 1972's Deliverance.

Summary

Director John Boorman's semi-autobiographical sequel to Hope and Glory picks up the story of young Bill Rohan a decade after the events of the first film. Bill is now in his late teens, and the story follows his eventful National Service during the Korean War. Drama, starring Callum Turner, David Thewlis and Richard E Grant.

Cast & Crew

Bill Rohan Callum Turner
Bradley David Thewlis
Percy Caleb Landry Jones
Dawn Rohan Vanessa Kirby
Major Cross Richard E Grant
Ophelia Tamsin Egerton
Grace Rohan Sinead Cusack
Clive Rohan David Hayman
RSM Digby Brian F O'Byrne
Redmond Pat Shortt
George John Standing
Director John Boorman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Swearing, a sex scene, brief nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 5 Jun 2015
Drama