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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Hargreaves
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Private Hamp
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Captain O'Sullivan
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Lieutenant Webb
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Colonel
James Villiers ...
Captain Midgley
Jeremy Spenser ...
Private Sparrow (as Jeremy Spencer)
Barry Justice ...
Lieutenant Prescott
Vivian Matalon ...
Padre
Keith Buckley ...
Corporal of Guard
James Hunter ...
Private Sykes
Jonah Seymour ...
Corporal Hamilton
Larry Taylor ...
Sergeant Major
David Cook ...
Private Wilson
Richard Arthure ...
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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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30 November 1965 (USA)  »

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För kung och fosterland  »

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

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(archive footage)|

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1.66 : 1
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The film frequently shows photographs of war dead. These are genuine and came from the archives at London's Imperial War Museum. 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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pretty devastating
19 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"King & Country," directed by Joseph Losey and released in 1964, is an unrelenting look at war. The World War I drama concerns a young soldier (Tom Courtenay) who is being tried for desertion. It's evident that, after his whole battalion was lost, that the boy was shell-shocked. A Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogarde) is brought in to defend him.

The film has actual photos of dead bodies from the London War Museum throughout the movie. The setting is freezing cold, wet bunkers with lots of mud. The men have been jaded to death and suffering and at times act brutally.

The end of the film is particularly awful, that's the only word I can think of. Not awful as in it's a bad movie, but awful in the situation.

Tom Courtenay does an excellent job as a wide-eyed young man who really doesn't realize what he did or what may happen to him as a result; Leo McKern turns in an excellent performance as a no-nonsense officer. Dirk Bogarde is wonderful as the captain who goes to the mat for his client and comes up against a cruel system that seems to have no understanding of or compassion for human frailty.

Lots of gross stuff in this movie - imagine actually having to endure it. Excellent directing job by Losey, and a thought-provoking film that you won't forget quickly, even though you want to.


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