In this sequel to Hope and Glory (1987), Bill Rohan has grown up and is drafted into the army, where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.
The hilarious highlight of John Boorman's HOPE AND GLORY (1987), nominated for 5 Oscars: 9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoices in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb. QUEEN AND COUNTRY picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill (Boorman's alter-ego) begins basic training in the early Fifties, during the Korean War. Bill is joined by a trouble-making army mate, Percy. They never get near Korea, but engage in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley. Richard E. Grant is their superior, the very, very, infinitely put-upon, aptly-named Major Cross. Written by
Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum
David Hayman is the only actor to repeat his role from the previous film. See more »
A wall map in the movie shows the border between North and South Korea as a curved line half-way down the Korean Peninsula, but that curvy border did not exist until after the end of the Korean War. In 1945, at the end of World War 2, the border between North and South Korea was established as a straight line along the 38th parallel. In 1951, North Korea invaded South Korea. The front line moved very far to the south, then back up north, almost all the way to the Chinese border. Then China moved in to help North Korea, and the front line moved south again, finally stabilizing as a curvy line about half-way down the Korean Peninsula. Since the end of the war, the border between North and South Korea has been this final curvy front line. But during the war the official border would have been the straight line along the 38th parallel. See more »
I am a huge fan of Hope and Glory and had high hopes for Queen and Country. The entire experience of the new film was very flat. It was like taking a cross country trip focused on making exactly the same distance every day and staying in safe hotels. Nothing stood out, except possibly some bad (over?) acting. Most of the cast was adequate, but Caleb Landry Jones and Aimee-Ffion Edwards mostly just over-acted, as did almost everyone playing someone in a position of authority in the military. Of course, dealing with a plot that made little sense probably did not help. The best part of the film takes place on the water where Callum Turner does a nice job of making us believe it was his natural habitat mostly by becoming more confident instead of the fish-out-of-water he usually is (that is about as deep as this moving gets). Unfortunately, there were also some lame scenes of filming on the water that also added nothing. The only good news for my wife and me is that one of our tickets was free, so we only wasted half as much money.
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