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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.


Martin Stellman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Reuben James
Dorian Healy ... Tony aka Fish
Sean Chapman ... Bob Harper
Graham McTavish ... Lieutenant
Geff Francis ... Lynford
Frank Harper ... Mickey
Craig Fairbrass ... Challoner
Michael Bray Michael Bray ... Bryant
George Baker ... Kilcoyne
Bruce Payne ... Colin
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


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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British schoolboy Stephen Lawrence, whose high-profile murder at a bus stop in 1993 led to accusations of institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police, appeared as an extra in this film. See more »


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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Testing Denzel's Accent Skills
6 February 2020 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

Denzel Washington's early career was a test of his accent range. He played a South African in "Cry Freedom," a Jamaican in "The Mighty Quinn," and a Brit in "For Queen & Country." As a Brit he wasn't half bad.

Denzel played Reuben, a recently retired paratrooper getting on with the next part of his life. He lived in a shabby flat and didn't have much going for him. He still had ties to his old life before the army which was the wrong side of the law. He couldn't quite shake that part of his life though his opportunities for doing better for himself legally were infinitesimal.

For all that was going on with Reuben it all boiled down to being marginalized and castaway as a veteran the government has no more use for. Here are your shiny medals, now figure out the rest. It is a movie with universal appeal, or at least U.S.A. appeal because the same treatment happens here. Reuben's situation was relatable for any ex-soldier on the margins of society, and doubly relatable for any Black ex-soldier.

"For Queen & Country" could've used a little touch up to be better. One of the trouble spots was the relationship between Reuben and Stacey (Amanda Redman). It started strangely and ended strangely as well. The character development was somewhat lacking. It may seem like nitpicking, but these are all the things that need to be tight to be considered a topflight movie.

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19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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$62,771, 21 May 1989

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