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For Queen & Country (1988)

A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

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Martin Stellman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Reuben James
Dorian Healy ... Tony aka Fish
Sean Chapman ... Bob Harper
Graham McTavish ... Lieutenant
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Lynford
Frank Harper ... Mickey
Craig Fairbrass ... Challoner
Michael Bray Michael Bray ... Bryant
George Baker ... Kilcoyne
Bruce Payne ... Colin
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Debbie
Colin Thomas Colin Thomas ... Feargal
Tatiana Strauss Tatiana Strauss ... French Girl #1
Valérie Chassigneux Valérie Chassigneux ... French Girl #2
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Harry
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Reuben, having been discharged from the British military, returns to London after a tour of duty in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, where he was decorated as a war Hero. However, given his vocation to his country, he finds interviews for jobs surprisingly difficult to arrange, even though they were sorted out by his careers officers in the army. Within time, he realises his illustrious army record holds no sway in everyday life. Written by Anonymous

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He's older, he's wiser, but times have changed.

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Por la reina y la patria See more »

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Gross USA:

$191,051
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Last cinema film of George Baker. See more »


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A Matter of Time
Written by J. Vincent
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Too Low Budget And Unconvincing
23 March 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

A hero returning from war and finding that he`s no longer wanted isn`t one of the most original ideas for a screenplay but it is one of the best . Unfortunately FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY is one of the weaker of these types of films . The budget doesn`t help because the scenario of the Falklands War is relegated to a brief scene to a bunch of soldiers looking out of a ship doorway seeing flashes of gunfire away in the distance , and that`s the extent the film paints of the Falklands War . It`s not only this scene that irritates , I couldn`t help noticing that many of the interiors look like they were filmed in a film studio . But perhaps the most unconvincing thing about the film is Denzil Washington`s London accent , I can`t believe some people think its any good because I find it as irritating as Dick Van Dyke`s in MARY POPPINS . And let`s not forget that when this film was made Washington wasn`t the double Oscar winning mega star he is today but was best known as a TV star due to ST ELSEWHERE . Indeed FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY feels like an overproduced TV play similar to the excellent PLAY FOR TODAY that the BBC produced in the 1970s but not as well written . The ending is just too coincidental . I know it`s trying to be bitter and ironic but is completely contrived .

" Soldiers don`t fight and die for Queen and country. They fight and die for one another" Major Chris Kebble . 2 Para


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