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'71 (2014)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  10 October 2014 (UK)
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A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Training Corporal
Ben Williams-Lee ...
Recruit Soldier
Jonah Russell ...
Barracks Officer
Harry Verity ...
Peter McNeil O'Connor ...
Lt. Armitage
James McArdle ...
Captain Sandy Browning


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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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

71  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most scenes within the film were shot in Northern England, not in the film's setting of Belfast. See more »


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 »


Eamon: I'm not going to lie to you.
[pauses for several seconds]
Eamon: This is going to hurt like a fucker.
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Written and Performed by Wanda Jackson
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
Courtesy of Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Gritty and uncompromising.
26 March 2015 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Tracking a young British soldier who fights for his life after being stranded by his unit on the vicious streets of Belfast, this 1971-set thriller is as grubby, tense and frenetic as the Northern Ireland conflict itself. Debutant Yann Demange does a sterling job in the director's chair, bringing a Paul Greengrass-esque urgency to the action with a combination of regular close-up shots and (not-too-shaky) hand-held camera work. Demange wisely opts for a quality over quantity approach to the brutal violence too, resulting in a few impactful events of savagery and gore that enhance the tension and dread rather than exploit it. Occurring over one night only, Demange – working from Gregory Burke's sparing, taut script – wrings suspense from moments as small as an uncomfortable conversation in a bar, and as big as a cat-and-mouse set piece in an apartment complex or the dazed aftermath of an explosion. It's not all smooth sailing though. The relatively unexplained bookending scenes are a tad cheesy and add little, whilst the bulk of the supporting characters are rarely more than stereotypes, albeit played with gusto. But this movie unmistakably belongs to lead actor, and recent BAFTA Rising Star winner, Jack O'Connell. His Private Gary Hook is resilient yet fragile, strong-willed yet frightened, making him a relatable everyman who will do anything to stay alive. It's not a film you could call "fun", but it's a riveting watch that rewards those willing to be immersed in its gritty and uncompromising survival story.

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