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In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

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A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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10 October 2014 (UK)  »

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$55,761 (USA) (27 February 2015)

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$1,268,760 (USA) (1 May 2015)
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Trivia

The film's composer, David Holmes, was born in Belfast, where most of the film takes place. See more »

Goofs

The early shot in the film showing Jack O'Connell on the ferry to Belfast is actually on a River Mersey ferry sailing to Liverpool. See more »

Quotes

Gary Hook: Hey, listen, I don't want you worried about me, okay? I'll be fine, promise you.
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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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THE SKY IS CRYING
Written and Performed by Elmore James
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Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc
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The curate's egg
13 October 2014 | by (Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

I felt this was a film about N Ireland made for audiences outside N Ireland. As with many films portraying my home country, most of the accents made me cringe. Also, the effect of a burning car or bus at the end of ever street was overdone. As for the pints of Guinness served like pints of bitter ..... Life was bad during the troubles, but not that bad. The film didn't gloss over the life of a squaddie, being required to do things and be places they probably had no understanding of. The quote about army life, which seems to be used in most media discussions, "the rich telling the stupid to shoot the poor" sums it up well. The portrayal of the role of special ops and their relationship with all sides in the conflict would probably be educational for those with a limited knowledge of N Ireland's history over the past 40 years. I'm glad I saw this movie but I have little inclination to watch it again.


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