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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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

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On a few occasions, the Corporal refers to the soldier's weapons incorrectly, he calls them 'Guns'. The weapon used is the L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) which has a rifled barrel. Anyone in the British Army would have referred to it as a rifle and not a gun. See more »

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C.O.: [after Lt. Armitage told him about Sergeant Leslie Lewis attempt to kill Gary Hook] It was a confused situation. In these circumstances, what you saw, what you think you saw, can be a very different thing to what actually happened. Do you understand?
Lt. Armitage: [Silence] .
C.O.: [firmly] Do you understand?
Lt. Armitage: Yes, sir.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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THE SKY IS CRYING
Written and Performed by Elmore James
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc
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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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