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'71 (2014)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gary Hook
... Thommo
... Training Corporal
... Jimmy
Joshua Hill ... Carl
Ben Williams-Lee ... Recruit Soldier
Jonah Russell ... Barracks Officer
Harry Verity ... Darren
... Warden
... Corporal
... Lt. Armitage
James McArdle ... Sergeant
... C.O.
... Captain Sandy Browning
... Sergeant Leslie Lewis
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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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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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

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10 October 2014 (UK)  »

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71  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$55,761, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

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$1,268,760, 3 May 2015
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Gary Hook was originally intended to be from Lancashire At Jack O'Connell's request, the script was rewritten so the character came from his birthplace of Derby, Derbyshire. See more »

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When they're receiving their weapons from the armoury, the store clerk doesn't perform the safety check - cock, hook and look - to show them that the weapons are safe and unloaded. Similarly, the soldiers shown also have carried out their own safety checks too but didn't. See more »

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C.O.: [after Lt. Armitage told him about Sergeant Leslie Lewis attempt to kill Gary Hook] It was a confused situation. In these circumstances, what you saw, what you think you saw, can be a very different thing to what actually happened. Do you understand?
Lt. Armitage: [Silence] .
C.O.: [firmly] Do you understand?
Lt. Armitage: Yes, sir.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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GWELY MERNANS
Written by Richard D. James
Performed by Aphex Twin
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd., a BMG Chrysalis company © 2001
Used with permission. All Rights reserved.
Courtesy of Warp Records and Sire Records
By arrangement of Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Gritty and uncompromising.
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Tracking a young British soldier who fights for his life after being stranded by his unit on the vicious streets of Belfast, this 1971-set thriller is as grubby, tense and frenetic as the Northern Ireland conflict itself. Debutant Yann Demange does a sterling job in the director's chair, bringing a Paul Greengrass-esque urgency to the action with a combination of regular close-up shots and (not-too-shaky) hand-held camera work. Demange wisely opts for a quality over quantity approach to the brutal violence too, resulting in a few impactful events of savagery and gore that enhance the tension and dread rather than exploit it. Occurring over one night only, Demange – working from Gregory Burke's sparing, taut script – wrings suspense from moments as small as an uncomfortable conversation in a bar, and as big as a cat-and-mouse set piece in an apartment complex or the dazed aftermath of an explosion. It's not all smooth sailing though. The relatively unexplained bookending scenes are a tad cheesy and add little, whilst the bulk of the supporting characters are rarely more than stereotypes, albeit played with gusto. But this movie unmistakably belongs to lead actor, and recent BAFTA Rising Star winner, Jack O'Connell. His Private Gary Hook is resilient yet fragile, strong-willed yet frightened, making him a relatable everyman who will do anything to stay alive. It's not a film you could call "fun", but it's a riveting watch that rewards those willing to be immersed in its gritty and uncompromising survival story.


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