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
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Captain Midgley
Jeremy Spenser ...
Private Sparrow (as Jeremy Spencer)
Barry Justice ...
Lieutenant Prescott
Vivian Matalon ...
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Keith Buckley ...
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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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The most intense excitement you have ever experienced in this shock-filled story of the incident that rocked an empire! See more »

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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 still photograph which appears when Private Hamp says the words "king and country" shows King George V riding with his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II prior to the First World War. 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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Grimly powerful King and Country unrelenting.
19 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the incessant rain King and Country mired in mud and military litigation is a non stop emotionally powerful film of human spirit crushed by mechanized war and the necessity to maintain order. It's a chaotic Paths of Glory closer to the front and just as unjust.

After repeated shellings and engagements with the enemy Pvt. Hamp (Tom Courtnay) is arrested trying to walk back to England from the battlefields of Europe. Put on trial for desertion he and his lawyer Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Borgarde) devise a plan to attempt to save him from the firing squad. With shelling in the distance court convenes.

A filmed play with much shot in close-up along with a smooth and unobtrusive camera movement within the claustrophobic confines of the trenches ( with some telling stills) King and Country is an unrelenting depiction of absurd sacrifice stopping only for a moment to exterminate one with those around him scheduled for the same per order to immediately move out.

Director Losey's anti war tract is one of the most sober and ultimately powerful of an era when anti-war films flourished with wild absurdities from King of Hearts to How I Won the War. His inquisitors drab bureaucrats instead of ogres his stage a rat infested quagmire instead of a chess board floor of a French Château the film resonates with a callous, hopeless and to add insult to injury clumsy rush to justice.

Bogarde's Hargreaves is measured and restrained, his pauses and glances masking incertitude brilliantly. Coutrtnay is outstanding as the born to lose Hamp. Both touching and frustrating he states his case with a warped benign logic. Leo Mc Kern's hostile doctor also register's in a gruff way.

King and Country may not match the scale of All Quiet on the Western Front or Paths of Glory but Losey's deft and tight handling within it's limited confine packs every bit as an emotional punch.


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