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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)  »

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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 based the look of the film on the work of photojournalists. Some scenes are reminiscent of the work of Photographer Tim Hetherington's coverage of the Second Liberian Civil War which was featured in the documentary "Which Way To The Front Line From Here" See more »

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When Preacher confronts the Commandant to say that he is leaving, the Commandant calls him Two I-C, who died earlier in the story.

This is not necessarily a goof. Two I-C is a rank (Second in Command), not a name. When the first Two I-C is killed, presumably on Commandant's orders, Commandant needs to delegate a new deputy leader and chooses Preacher. This is why Preacher's decision to leave carries such weight, and why he later opts to return to the bush. 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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

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A Good Family
by Dan Romer
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A story to take with you
16 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Compelling with beautiful shots and music. Watched on Netflix where other options and distractions are a abundant, but I did not put this down. It is quite the untold story about such a huge political and inhumane problem within Africa today. Casting was great, very memorable faces. I would say this is what American Sniper should have been like. The changes in characters was gradual and smooth, PTSD and other issues were presented much better. Eye opening in a way old stories used to be. This was much more than entertainment, but more of a virtual experience like Saving Private Ryan was. Quite gritty as well, which doesn't bother me, but for those that are sensitive this will be a hard watch.


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