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King & Country (1964)

 -  Drama | War  -  30 November 1965 (USA)
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During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Hargreaves
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Pvt. Arthur Hamp
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Capt. O'Sullivan
Barry Foster ...
Lt. Webb
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Colonel
James Villiers ...
Capt. Midgley
Jeremy Spenser ...
Pvt. Sparrow (as Jeremy Spencer)
Barry Justice ...
Lt. Prescott
Vivian Matalon ...
Padre
Keith Buckley ...
Corporal of the Guard
James Hunter ...
Pvt. Sykes
Jonah Seymour ...
Cpl. Hamilton (MP)
Larry Taylor ...
Sergeant Major
David Cook ...
Pvt. Wilson
Richard Arthure ...
Guard 'Charlie'
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During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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Drama | War

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30 November 1965 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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The poem - "There's a porpoise close behind me and he's treading on my tail" - that Dirk Bogarde quotes and his CO finished, is from 'The Lobster Quadrille' by Lewis Carroll. See more »

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Equipment shadow visible next to the door as the camera pulls back from the colonel's office after having received the messenger's dispatch. See more »

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7 July 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

On a World War I battleground, British soldier Tom Courtenay (as Arthur Hamp) is arrested for desertion, after serving three years in combat. If convicted, the shell-shocked young man will be shot dead. He is assigned a military defense attorney Dirk Bogarde (as Hargreaves) who seems convinced Mr. Courtenay is guilty. However, as the trenches trial proceeds, Mr. Bogarde becomes more sympathetic regarding his client's extenuating circumstances. "King and Country" will either spare Courtenay, or kill him...

Producer/director Joseph Losey does a convincing job with this drama, though it moves somewhat slowly until the end. Courtenay comes across as a shell-shocked man who volunteered for the war, and could no longer do battle after seeing his entire unit wasted away. He's commendable and understandable, and this shows in Bogarde's astute performance. The film's point is easily made, with Bogarde's character effectively leading doubters toward a shattering conclusion. The film, and both men, won award recognition.

******* King & Country (9/5/64) Joseph Losey ~ Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Barry Foster


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