Queen and Country

Queen and Country

Queen and Country

John Boorman's sequel to his five-time Oscar-nominated drama Hope and Glory (1987). Follows Bill Rohan, now 10 years older in a still-recovering postwar England, as he performs basic training for the Korean War.

Bill (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 (David Thewlis). Richard E. Grant plays their superior, the infinitely put-upon Major Cross.

2014Rating: M114 minsIreland, France, Romania
DramaWar

Queen and Country / Reviews

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

John Boorman’s Best Picture-nominee Hope and Glory, a vivid, powerful semi-autobiographical tale set during the London Blitz of WWII, remains one of the finest childhood-in-wartime films ever made. It probably didn’t need a sequel, but the lovely Queen and Country, arriving 27 years after the original, won’t make you hate Boorman for dipping back into the well. Sure, it lacks the lingering imagery and hefty scope of that film, but as a potential swan song for the 82-year-old director, it’s an agreeably bittersweet and surprisingly spry cap on a remarkable -- and remarkably varied -- career in cinema.

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Variety

Variety

Boorman's sequel to his masterful 'Hope and Glory' doesn't equal its predecessor, but still offers a vivid snapshot of Army and family life in post-War England.

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Time Out

Time Out

A direct sequel to 1987's Hope and Glory -- and the best thing that John Boorman has made since.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Distinguished by mischievous good humor and by the unashamed acknowledgment that war can be fun as well as horrible.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An entertaining and sympathetic guide to a lost world: a rite of passage that Britain was to find it could do without.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Everything you'd expect from distinctive film-maker John Boorman: a heartfelt story told in arresting visual tones through a melange of conflicting accents and strangely theatrical staging.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Rambling and unfocused but not without its moments, John Boorman's 19th feature film, Queen and Country, represents a very belated sequel to the director's 1987 feature Hope and Glory.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.

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