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Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland

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... Platoon Commander
... Smith
Gary Hailes ... Jones
... Rankin
... Corporal
Ozzie Stevens ... Lance Corporal
Jem Ahmet
Jason Cunliffe ... Man
Steve Fletcher ... Dawes
Chris Lee ... Man
James V. Mathews ... Farmer
Dennis Savage ... Man
Sam Smart ... Man
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Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland

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6 January 1985 (UK)  »

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Silence Is Golden
4 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is unique in that it has hardly any dialogue in it at all, yet it makes for a gripping film. It follows a routine patrol of British paratroopers in Northern Ireland. The great thing about this is that there is no musical score, no special effects, thus adding to the realism of life as a British soldier in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The Parachute Regiment had a very rough ride there, starting with Bloody Sunday in 1972, when 13 civilians were gunned down by soldiers from the Paras' 1st Battalion. Thus they became a sought after target for the IRA. This film shows a patrol in South Armagh, more commonly known as "Bandit Country". You can't help but feel for the lads as they patrol the countryside. When they engage in a shoot-out with terrorists, the gunfight has no fancy effects with it, so you get some idea of how it was. When they lose a soldier, there is no Oscar nominated crying or wailing, just what you would expect from battle hardened soldiers trying to come to terms with a loss. If you want to see how life was really like in the British Army in Northern Ireland, watch this film.


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