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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Captain Hargreaves
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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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The poem - "There's a porpoise close behind me and he's treading on my tail" - that Dirk Bogarde quotes is from 'The Lobster Quadrille' by Lewis Carroll. The Colonel replies with the opening lines of the poem 'Biography' by John Masefield. See more »

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October 22, 1917 is said to be a Thursday. However, it was in actuality a Monday. See more »

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Captain Midgley: A proper court is concerned with law. It's a bit amateur to plead for justice.
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Featured in Dirk Bogarde: By Myself (1992) See more »

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The deserter
20 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

King & Country is directed by the American Joseph Losey and stars Tom Courtenay as a young soldier in the Great War, shell shocked and facing a court martial for desertion.

Dirk Bogarde plays the officer whose duty is to defend him, at first he seems to be reluctant in his dealings with him, viewing him as a working class imbecile and cowardly to boot. However once he gets to know him a little, Bogarde discovers that many of Courtenay's friends and comrades in his battalion have died, he takes the case more seriously especially as he will be executed if found guilty.

The film is very much a stage play but is also arch as well as having a stylistic template with actual photos of dead bodies from the Imperial War Museum. The set tries to recreate the trenches with a cold, damp, dank setting.

The film has a grim atmosphere as displayed by the foot soldiers and Courtenay is one of them, a soldier who does not realise what he has done and the trouble is in.

The film highlights the class aspect of the war as the officers have little compassion for the lower ranked soldiers and show no mercy for those driven to despair or madness.


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