A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director:

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers:

Cary Joji Fukunaga (written for the screen by), Uzodinma Iweala (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abraham Attah ... Agu
Emmanuel Affadzi Emmanuel Affadzi ... Dike
Ricky Adelayitor Ricky Adelayitor ... Village Constable
Andrew Adote Andrew Adote ... Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
Vera Nyarkoah Antwi Vera Nyarkoah Antwi ... Little Sister
Ama K. Abebrese ... Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam ... Father
Francis Weddey Francis Weddey ... Big Brother
Fred Nii Amugi ... Pastor
John Arthur ... Angry Bush Taxi Driver
Grace Nortey Grace Nortey ... Old Witch Woman
Emmary Brown Emmary Brown ... Grandfather
Nataliah Andoh Nataliah Andoh ... BBC Host
Matthew Mpoke Bigg Matthew Mpoke Bigg ... BBC Correspondent
Nana Mensah 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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Taglines:

Child. Captive. Killer.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Idris Elba and Cary Joji Fukunaga based the Commandant largely on members of the Civil Defense Forces they had consulted with during the pre-production phase of the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 26 February 2016 (2016) See more »

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A Song for Strika
by Dan Romer
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Overall Good
16 October 2015 | by KobeCryantSee 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Akan

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beasts of No Nation See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghana

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,003, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$90,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,777
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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