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For Queen & Country (1988)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 May 1989 (USA)
A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

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Martin Stellman
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Cast

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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Storyline

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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,771, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$191,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,051
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of George Baker. See more »

Quotes

Reuben James: Listen, I ain't no hero alright?
Stacey: So what are all them medals for then?
Reuben James: Campaign medals, that's what they are. Give 'em to everyone, even the cooks.
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Soundtracks

School Days
Written by M. Dread
Performed by Singers and Players
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For Queen, Country, and the dustbin
3 March 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"For Queen and Country" sticks Washington in the center of a bunch of characters as a deadpan British vet of the Falkland Islands war whose come home to find less than a hero's welcome. The film spends the first third fleshing out everyone but the centerpiece and then doesn't give him any depth as he stumbles through his thick cockney mumblings from one costar to the next. The film doesn't really begin to move until close to the end when it winds up and down in about 20 minutes with a less than desirable conclusion. Given the typically British austerity of the film, an illfocused and bleak story, an almost complete absence of passion, and what are by film standards rather sublunary events with no payoff in the end, this flick was barely tolerable. Not recommendable. (C-)

Note - I watched this film back to back with another British film "The Fourth Angel" which didn't receive rave reviews but was still head and shoulders above "For Queen and Country".


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