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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

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(written for the screen by) (as Cary Fukunaga), (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Agu
Emmanuel Affadzi ...
Ricky Adelayitor ...
Village Constable
Andrew Adote ...
Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
Vera Nyarkoah Antwi ...
Little Sister
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Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam ...
Father
Francis Weddey ...
Big Brother
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Pastor
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Angry Bush Taxi Driver
Grace Nortey ...
Old Witch Woman
Emmary Brown ...
Grandfather
Nataliah Andoh ...
BBC Host
Matthew Mpoke Bigg ...
BBC Correspondent
Nana Mensah ...
Young Girl
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Storyline

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden

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Child. Captive. Killer.

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Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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16 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestie bez vlasti  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,003, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,861, 23 October 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Cary Fukunaga cast real former child soldiers and members of the various factions from the Sierra Leone and Liberian Civil War such the Liberian Armed Forces, the LURD, and the CDF as extras and consultants but they ran into difficulty getting everyone onto the set in Ghana because they were held up in the Ivory Coast as suspected mercenaries. See more »

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When Agu is first captured by the NDF and made to carry a crate of ammunition, it is a crate of 5.56x45mm rounds (according to the markings on the crate). Curiously, neither side in the civil war uses weapons that chamber this round; the NDF forces all carry Kalashnikov variants chambered in 7.62x39mm while the NRC soldiers favor HK G3 variants chambered in 7.62x51mm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agu: It is starting like this.
[watching other children playing]
Agu: Let's keep looking. They aren't good enough.
Dike: Hey, let's take that girl.
Agu: Which one?
Dike: That girl. Zoey. Let's take her.
Agu: Ah... No. What about that one?
Dike: Him?
Agu: Yes.
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A Good Family
by Dan Romer
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Overall Good
16 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

From the beginning I had high hopes for this movie and it lived up to my expectations. From beginning to end The Child goes through his stages as he is more exposed to violence. He was at first a very innocent kid scared to be apart of the fight but when circumstances force him to join the violence he has only one choice. The children acting in this movie are amazing, it is one of the best movies where a child grabs your attention. The director did a great job on here. And can't Forget Idris Elba, not an outstanding performance but still great. Idris's character also goes through his stages on this one too just like the kid. The Scenery was beautiful and it wasn't really nothing special but it's hard for me these days to come across a movie that I can rate over a 7 and this one is a 8 in my book. With this one Netflix proves that their originals are one of the best nowadays.


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