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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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Thommo
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Training Corporal
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Jimmy
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Carl
Ben Williams-Lee ...
Recruit Soldier
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Barracks Officer
Harry Verity ...
Darren
Peter McNeil O'Connor ...
Warden
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Corporal
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Lt. Armitage
James McArdle ...
Sergeant
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Captain Sandy Browning
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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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$55,761 (USA) (27 February 2015)

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$1,268,760 (USA) (1 May 2015)
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Jack O'Connell's character was originally written to have come from Lancashire, UK, but at Jack's request was rewritten so the character came from Derby, Derbyshire, UK, the real birth home of Jack O'Connell. See more »

Goofs

In the initial chase scene where Gary runs from the shooter he is fired at 32 times (including the first kill shot) from what seems like just one man's gun, we don't see the younger boy fire his gun at all. We also don't see any reloading as they are running at breakneck speed. This would be impossible from a small 1960's era 9mm Semi-automatic pistol which have at most 13 rounds in the magazine. 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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THE SKY IS CRYING
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Finely Wrought
12 October 2014 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

Just out of military training, Thommo and Gary are soon on their way to Northern Ireland. "You're not going out of the country," people say to them cheerfully "so you should feel good about that." They do not feel good about this. There are burning vehicles, bombs and deafening mobs with rocks, bags of excrement and other crude weapons. This is not a good time to find yourself separated from your unit, yet Gary manages to do so. Suddenly he is alone on the streets of Belfast and in the wrong kind of green clothing. Gary is in for a long night. There are no clear lines between the U.K. military, I.R.A., paramilitary units on both sides, those just trying to help or those who will sell him to the highest bidder. Of course there is a role for luck too. Gary places his trust in a little kid who has grown up a little too quickly. The two descend into secret passageways, pouring rain and a maelstrom of violence and deception. The finely wrought film is full of intensity and realism. In all its violence and brutality there is a decent message about the intolerable toll that such violence takes on people and society. It is only on the streets of Belfast that Gary discovers he is "just a piece of meat" to those who order him around. The main actor is still a little green, and not in a sense that he is Irish but that he is just starting out. He does well though. So did the filmmakers. The director said he picked the main actor for the role after just sharing a beer with him. I wish all such interviews were so easy. "Thankfully people believed in me" said the director. Yes, thankfully! Seen at the Princess of Wales Theatre and the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.


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