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A Field in England (2013)

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Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

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Ben Wheatley

Writer:

Amy Jump
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Cast

Cast overview:
Julian Barratt ... Trower
Peter Ferdinando ... Jacob
Richard Glover ... Friend
Ryan Pope Ryan Pope ... Cutler
Reece Shearsmith ... Whitehead
Michael Smiley ... O'Neil
Sara Dee ... The Field (voice)
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Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Thinking only of what lay behind, they are ambushed by two dangerous men and made to search the field. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field. Written by jessgiostan

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A field in England See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£316,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,498, 7 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,716, 16 March 2014
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Film4,Rook Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Althrough some of them are carved backwards, the rune inscription on the stones reads: I,W,D,O,R,R,M,H. See more »

Quotes

Jacob: Am I bewitched?
Whitehead: No. Sir, you merely suffer a disease in the private parts, occasioned by too much venereal sport.
Jacob: 'This all?
Whitehead: Well, I also deduce gout, bloody flux, apostem of the mouth, the pissing disease, St. Anthony's fire, iliac passion, hemorrhoids and palsy brought on by drink.
Jacob: Then, I'm not turn into a frog?
Whitehead: 'Tis the one complaint you do not suffer besides plague. All I can do is administer a poultice to your yard, to soothe.
Jacob: Thank you.
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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Free Fire (2017) See more »

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Metallic Fields
Written by Martin Pavey and Ben Wheatley
Performed and manipulated by Martin Pavey
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A dull plot in England

An undoubtedly interesting idea- civil war soldiers fleeing a battle encounter madness and witchcraft- directed by Britain's most "thrilling" young director should be a recipe for cinematic gold. The critics found it pretentious enough to unanimously praise, but I -and to judge from the commenters here- many others find it less than satisfactory.

For a start the writing, pacing and direction is far from "Thrilling". The dreary and undramatic opening scene sets the tone badly. We do not see what battle these men are supposedly fleeing and they may as well have been out for a country walk. There is no sense of danger or fear of being discovered and executed for desertion, they merely meet and decide to go to a pub.

What little energy there is in this opening is by having a character f-ing and blinding in a very modern way. This lack of authenticity hangs over the film, the exception being Reece Shearsmith who tries to impart a genuine 17th century earnestness into his part but does not have sufficient screen presence to carry the film.

From the start, the film moves slowly. There is a longwinded description by Shearsmith of his occupation then a rather pointless scene of one of the men emptying his bowels in a field. Nice!

The 'action' begins some 20 minutes in with an opaque and confusingly shot scene of them trying to hand plough a field. Have they never heard of horses?

Being in black and white doesn't help the clarity. I normally love b&w films but I could not see the reason for its use here, except to appear more profound than it actually is. The cinematography is flat and manages to make the English countryside look ordinary rather than beautiful or mysterious.


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