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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
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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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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

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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Sound Mix:

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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Featured in Projector: The Imitation Game/'71 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

BURNING BRIDGES
Written by Walter Scott
Performed by Jack Scott
Published by Cromwell Music Limited
Courtesy of Capitol Inc
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Finely Wrought
12 October 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Just out of military training, Thommo and Gary are soon on their way to Northern Ireland. "You're not going out of the country," people say to them cheerfully "so you should feel good about that." They do not feel good about this. There are burning vehicles, bombs and deafening mobs with rocks, bags of excrement and other crude weapons. This is not a good time to find yourself separated from your unit, yet Gary manages to do so. Suddenly he is alone on the streets of Belfast and in the wrong kind of green clothing. Gary is in for a long night. There are no clear lines between the U.K. military, I.R.A., paramilitary units on both sides, those just trying to help or those who will sell him to the highest bidder. Of course there is a role for luck too. Gary places his trust in a little kid who has grown up a little too quickly. The two descend into secret passageways, pouring rain and a maelstrom of violence and deception. The finely wrought film is full of intensity and realism. In all its violence and brutality there is a decent message about the intolerable toll that such violence takes on people and society. It is only on the streets of Belfast that Gary discovers he is "just a piece of meat" to those who order him around. The main actor is still a little green, and not in a sense that he is Irish but that he is just starting out. He does well though. So did the filmmakers. The director said he picked the main actor for the role after just sharing a beer with him. I wish all such interviews were so easy. "Thankfully people believed in me" said the director. Yes, thankfully! Seen at the Princess of Wales Theatre and the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.


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