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Another Country (1984)

PG | | Biography, Drama, Romance | June 1984 (UK)
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Based on the award winning play by Julian Mitchell, the film explores the effect of Public School life in the 1930's on Guy Bennett as his homosexuality and unwillingness to "play the game" turns him eastwards towards communist Russia. Written by Craig Wood <cew@jiffi.demon.co.uk>

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A very youthful Earl Spencer appears as an extra in several scenes. See more »

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Guy Bennett: Fame or infamy, what does it matter? I shan't be forgotten.
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Referenced in Love Exiled (2010) See more »

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Prelude in D flat major 'Raindrop' Opus 28 no. 15
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Beautiful and evocative period piece
2 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Another Country is a very telling portrait of life at one of England's top private schools in the 1930s. On the surface, everything looks perfect. Privileged youth frolics in a variety of beautiful locations, whilst receiving the best education money could buy. It all looks idyllic, but of course, there is a dark underbelly of violence and prejudice that provokes a life changing decision for the main character, Guy Bennett, played very elegantly by Rupert Everett. Colin Firth's character provides a nice Communist commentary on the appalling elitism of English society and he and Everett both turn in exceptional performances. This movie clearly launched both of their careers.

Although the natural beauty of the locations would have made it hard for anyone to make an ugly picture, this film is so exquisitely shot and scored, that it is almost painful at times. Sure there are some bad moments (Rupert Everett's terrible make up for his scenes as the aged Bennett springs to mind and there is a certain clichéd quality to some of the scenes) but on the whole, the good far outweighs the bad.


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