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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

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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The most intense excitement you have ever experienced in this shock-filled story of the incident that rocked an empire! See more »

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Drama | War

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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

The third of Dirk Bogarde's five collaborations with director Joseph Losey. See more »

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Equipment shadow visible next to the door as the camera pulls back from the colonel's office after having received the messenger's dispatch. 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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Version of The Case of Private Hamp (1959) See more »

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7 July 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

On a World War I battleground, British soldier Tom Courtenay (as Arthur Hamp) is arrested for desertion, after serving three years in combat. If convicted, the shell-shocked young man will be shot dead. He is assigned a military defense attorney Dirk Bogarde (as Hargreaves) who seems convinced Mr. Courtenay is guilty. However, as the trenches trial proceeds, Mr. Bogarde becomes more sympathetic regarding his client's extenuating circumstances. "King and Country" will either spare Courtenay, or kill him...

Producer/director Joseph Losey does a convincing job with this drama, though it moves somewhat slowly until the end. Courtenay comes across as a shell-shocked man who volunteered for the war, and could no longer do battle after seeing his entire unit wasted away. He's commendable and understandable, and this shows in Bogarde's astute performance. The film's point is easily made, with Bogarde's character effectively leading doubters toward a shattering conclusion. The film, and both men, won award recognition.

******* King & Country (9/5/64) Joseph Losey ~ Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Barry Foster


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