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Guy X (2005)

R | | Comedy, War | 14 October 2005 (UK)
A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.

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Lavone
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Petri (as Hilmir Snær Gudnason)
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Mariah Inger ...
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Einar Sigurðsson ...
Inuit (as Einar Sigurdsson)
Nelson Balderrama ...
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US Army Corporal Rudy Spruance arrives at a remote American military base at Qangattarsa, Greenland - located somewhere above the Arctic Circle - just before the summer solstice in June, 1979. Beyond a two day out of the year environmental occurrence which negatively affects his arrival, his reaction to which he will probably be forever best remembered by his fellow GI's at Qangattarsa, Rudy faces two problems: he is not supposed to be there, his next assignment which was supposed to be at a base in Hawaii; and he cannot convince anyone at Qangattarsa that he is not Corporal Martin Pederson, who is the GI assigned to this posting. Based on the paperwork at the base, Rudy learns that Pederson is a model soldier - an army brat - whereas he himself only enlisted as it was better than the alternative of jail. Lieutenant-Colonel Lane Woolwrap, the base's long time commanding officer, has long wanted a person in Pederson's position as the base's Public Information Officer, aka the head ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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The C-47 transport plane that flies in and out of the camp was retired from Air Force service in 1975, four years before the setting of the movie. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Lonesome Day
Written by Brownie McGhee
Performed by Brownie McGhee
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A gem, if you get it
9 December 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Guy X is one of those tonally disorientating black comedies whose madcap antics hide a deeper truth, visible only to those patient enough to sift through the meandering detritus. It also helps I your sense of humour is on the right frequency, one that is decidedly off key in this case. Think of a Terry Gilliam film, that mad rush of arbitration and deafening bureaucratic hubbub that serves as a smokescreen for something a little more grounded. Jason Biggs, keeping his dick out of pies this time around, plays Rudy, a low level army grunt who is accidentally sent to an outpost right in the the Arctic, and the middle of nowhere too, as we soon see by his fellow soldier's boredom fuelled shenanigans. It's fish out of water, but we get an uncanny sense that he's also there for a reason, one that takes it's painstaking time to emerge. Smitten by the beautiful commanding officer (the always lovely Natasha McElhone), hounded by her petty boyfriend (Jeremy Northam) and constantly swept up in the feverish lack of discipline or coherence among the ranks. It's all fun and games, to be sure, but there's a melancholic aura that hangs around, especially when Rudy discovers the titular Guy X (Michael Ironside in a transfixing cameo), a lost and forgotten soul who hints at the futility of military operations, reminding us of how we all cloak our existential dread in frosty self deprecation and ironic gallows humour. That's the film, essentially, which I think many didn't get. Most of the reviews I've seen on IMDb are from folks who struggled deeply with the sharp, uncomfortable shift in tone, understandably jarred by a sobering rift between playful banter and troubling reflection. The important films are often more difficult for a idea audience to receive, they're just constructed that way. This one is no exception, but there's many a lighthearted moment and comedic situation to be enjoyed before the hammer of reality comes down.


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