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King & Country (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama , War | 30 November 1965 (USA)
During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Evan Jones (screenplay), John Wilson (from the stage play by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Captain Hargreaves
Tom Courtenay ... Private Arthur James Hamp
Leo McKern ... Captain O'Sullivan
Barry Foster ... Lieutenant Webb
Peter Copley ... Colonel
James Villiers James Villiers ... Captain Midgley
Jeremy Spenser ... Private Sparrow (as Jeremy Spencer)
Barry Justice Barry Justice ... Lieutenant Prescott
Vivian Matalon Vivian Matalon ... Padre
Keith Buckley ... Corporal of Guard
James Hunter James Hunter ... Private Sykes
Jonah Seymour Jonah Seymour ... Corporal Hamilton
Larry Taylor ... Sergeant Major
David Cook David Cook ... Private Wilson
Richard Arthure Richard Arthure ... Guard
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Storyline

During World War One, the British troops are entrenched at Passchendaele, Belgium. Among the volunteers there is a young British soldier, Arthur Hamp, who is the sole survivor of his original company. Hamp spent three years in the trenches and this makes him a veteran. He has never been accused of cowardice but one day he simply decides to leave the war behind him and walk all the way home to Britain. In Calais, France, he is challenged by a Military Police patrol who promptly arrests him for leaving without permission. Hamp's commanding officers decide to convene a Court Martial and charge him with desertion. If found guilty, Hamp could be shot by a firing squad. Captain Hargreaves is assigned to be Hamp's defending attorney but he seems skeptical about his chances of acquittal for the deserter. During their first talk, Captain Hargreaves is impressed by his client's utter sincerity and naivete. He learns that his client volunteered on a dare by his friends back home, spent three ... Written by nufs68

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"Go ahead... kill him - you're the only friend he has!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

För kung och fosterland See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made in just 18 days and for less than £100,000. However, despite winning awards and rave reviews, it has never yet made its money back. See more »

Goofs

The letter advising Pte Hamm's family of his death said that he had been killed in action. As an executed soldier his family would have been told only that he had died. The family would know that the soldier had been executed because they would not receive a pension. See more »

Quotes

Captain Midgley: A proper court is concerned with law. It's a bit amateur to plead for justice.
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Good but it manages to barely miss the mark.
8 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"King & Country" is a film about a man who deserted from his unit during WWI. After over three years of fighting, the naive young man had frankly had enough and began walking home from France. Considering he grew up in Britain, he seemed either a bit dumb or just so psychologically damaged that the impossibility of his task eluded him. In many ways, this film is reminiscent of the exceptional Stanley Kubrick film "Paths of Glory"--about an entire unit of French soldiers who simply refused to fight due to the utter stupidity and waste of life of this so-called 'Great War'. In fact, both would make an excellent double-feature.

The film begins with an officer (Dirk Bogarde) being asked to defend a deserter. It's obvious that he assumes the man is guilty and deserves to be executed and is doing this only out of obligation. As for the deserter (Tom Courtenay), he is an odd fellow. While he obviously was brave for volunteering and fighting in so many god-awful battles, his reaction to all this is a bit odd--like he doesn't fully appreciate the horrible predicament he's in at this time. He seems guileless and naive.

As far as the trial goes, you know that the court must find him guilty and execute him, lest they admit that the war was a horrible mistake--futile and an atrocity upon the people....and they certainly were not about to admit that. It is simply preordained and Bogarde seems to have little care about the doomed man--he is only doing it out of obligation--even after he gets to know the man and pleads his case. Only towards the very end of the story do we see Bogarde regard the man as anything other than a coward--and then the accumulated horror of the war and its stupidity is revealed. However, at the same time, the momentum of the film slows down to a crawl--and the film unfortunately ends with a bit of a fizzle. Overall, it's quite good in some ways but just barely misses the mark.


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