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In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director:

Yann Demange

Writer:

Gregory Burke
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Connell ... Gary Hook
Jack Lowden ... Thommo
Paul Popplewell ... Training Corporal
Adam Nagaitis ... Jimmy
Joshua Hill Joshua Hill ... Carl
Ben Williams-Lee Ben Williams-Lee ... Recruit Soldier
Jonah Russell Jonah Russell ... Barracks Officer
Harry Verity Harry Verity ... Darren
Peter McNeil O'Connor ... Warden
Babou Ceesay ... Corporal
Sam Reid ... Lt. Armitage
James McArdle James McArdle ... Sergeant
Sam Hazeldine ... C.O.
Sean Harris ... Captain Sandy Browning
Paul Anderson ... Sergeant Leslie Lewis
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Storyline

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

71 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,761, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,268,760, 3 May 2015
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Warp Films,Crab Apple Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's composer, David Holmes, was born in Belfast, where most of the film takes place. See more »

Goofs

Many of the windows in the terrace houses clearly show double glazing or non-sash windows. UPVC double glazing did not exist in 1971 and most Victorian style housing retained their sash windows. See more »

Quotes

Eamon: I'm not going to lie to you.
[pauses for several seconds]
Eamon: This is going to hurt like a fucker.
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

MY AUTUMNS DONE COME
/ "MY AUTUMNS GONE"
Written and Performed by Lee Hazlewood
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Polydor US
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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"The situation is confused"
4 April 2015 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"71" (2014 release from the UK; 100 min.) brings the story of Gary Hook, a British soldier. As the movie opens, we see Gary training with the rest of his platoon. It isn't long before they are informed that they are being sent to deal with "a deteriorating situation in Belfast". Before shipping out, Gary spends some quality time with his son. Upon arriving in Belfast, it isn't long before the platoon is sent out in the streets of Belfast. Due to a blunder by the platoon's lieutenant, soon they find themselves in the midst of a street riot, and they retread. In all of the confusion, Hook is left behind and he runs for his life, being chased by several Catholics bent on killing him. At this point we are 15-20 min. into the movie. Will Hook make it out alive? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is the feature debut from French director Yann Demange, and what a remarkable debut it is. "71" is both a top notch political movie and action thriller. How many movies can make that claim? The tension that builds up in the street riots is incredible, and remain palpable later on. Once Hook escapes the first immediate danger, he catches his breath, and only then realizes the horrible position that he finds himself in, and every choice he makes from here on out can be the wrong one. As to the political side, things are not clearly black and white, and in fact the comment is made several times in the movie that "the situation is confused" and we can't always tell who the "good" guys and the "bad" guys are. I suspect that this is an accurate reflection of how things were like back then in Northern Ireland. The cast is, for me anyway, a cast of unknowns. Jack O'Connell as Hook brings an incredible performance. Last but not least, there is an outstanding score for this movie, courtesy of David Holmes (best known for his scores from the Ocean's 11-12-13 series).

The movie opened finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay. Even though I had high expectations going in, they were met, and then some. In fact, the only negative point I will mention is that at times I had trouble understanding all the lives, due to the (fake or real, I'm not sure) Northern Irish accents. Bottom line: if you are in the mood for a top notch quality political and action drama, you cannot go wrong with this. "71" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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