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Another Country (1984)

PG | | Biography, Drama, Romance | June 1984 (UK)
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director:

Marek Kanievska

Writers:

Julian Mitchell (screenplay), Julian Mitchell (play)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Everett ... Guy Bennett
Colin Firth ... Tommy Judd
Michael Jenn ... Barclay
Robert Addie ... Delahay
Rupert Wainwright Rupert Wainwright ... Devenish
Tristan Oliver ... Fowler
Cary Elwes ... James Harcourt
Frederick Alexander Frederick Alexander ... Menzies
Adrian Ross Magenty Adrian Ross Magenty ... Wharton
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Yevgeni
Phillip Dupuy Phillip Dupuy ... Martineau
Guy Henry ... Head Boy
Jeffry Wickham Jeffry Wickham ... Arthur (as Jeffrey Wickham)
John Line John Line ... Best Man
Gideon Boulting ... Trafford
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Storyline

Based on the award winning play by Julian Mitchell, the film explores the effect of Public School life in the 1930's on Guy Bennett as his homosexuality and unwillingness to "play the game" turns him eastwards towards communist Russia. Written by Craig Wood <cew@jiffi.demon.co.uk>

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Friendship brought them together. Ideals set them apart. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Druga zemlja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A fountain was added to Brasenose College specifically for the film. See more »

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Judd: Barclay confiscated another torch last night.
Guy Bennett: How many is that?
Judd: Twelve. Twelve torches taken away to stop me getting the education I'm supposed to be here for.
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Referenced in St. Trinian's (2007) See more »

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Prelude in D flat major 'Raindrop' Opus 28 no. 15
(uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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One of the Landmark Films of the 80s...A Landmark Film, Period
20 January 2008 | by sts-26See all my reviews

Another Country was one of those films that both captured the spirit of an era and helped define it - in the best possible sense. While one can easily lump all 80s pop music and fashion together as over-styled and kitschy, it is not possible to do so with the films of that decade, certainly not the British ones, not with Chariots of Fire, Educating Rita, My Beautiful Launderette and Another Country so vividly remembered. These were works of art, perfectly weaving style and substance together. Another Country presents a complex tale with - what was/is to some - unpalatable subject matter, and indecipherable detail (the life of the British upper class is, and always was, amusing, bizarre, implausible. Gilbert and Sullivan built careers on this fact). Yet, there is no sign of attempts to simplify, or strip out the seemingly unnecessarily intricate, or to moralize - either way - beyond the context of the story, the homosexuality depicted. The result is a film that is detailed, rich, compelling and (in a strange way, despite the historical facts upon which the story is based) apolitical.


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