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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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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

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 »

Goofs

The bus in the final scene has windows that cannot open, the air-conditioned type of bus, not available at 1971. See more »

Quotes

Captain Sandy Browning: [as the lieutanant and corporal barge into his office] Not now, Lieutenant, we're busy.
Lt. Armitage: I wondered if we could help with...
Captain Sandy Browning: [firmly] We are busy, Lieutenant.
Lt. Armitage: I do understand that, sir.
Corporal: [abruptly] Why aren't you out there lookin' for him?
Captain Sandy Browning: What?
Corporal: Why aren't you out there lookin' for him?
Captain Sandy Browning: Who?
Corporal: Hook. Private Hook. You probably know where they're taking...
Captain Sandy Browning: [shouts suddenly and gets up from the desk] Don't you fuckin' dare! I'm your fucking senior officer! Stand up straight!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

RIGHT OR WRONG
Written and Performed by Wanda Jackson
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
Courtesy of Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Gem of a film
23 December 2014 | by cox526See all my reviews

What a roller coaster of a film from beginning to end - Jack O Connell is brilliant and the supporting cast are thoroughly believable and the acting top class- my favourite star for the future Corey McKinley who plays the loyalist boy; he highlights the difference between Catholic and Loyalist which make the film a history lesson as well as a movie- its an advert for the British Film Industry - when making a film about the troubles to capture the mood of the time and to bring that to the screen depicting the different factions and hatred that came with it is difficult but whoever researched the period, got the costume and feel of the City of Belfast spot on created a Gem. The riot scene felt as if you were there in the thick of it, the building tension between the thin barricade of soldiers and the baying mob. This film is worthy of awards and I hope it gets lots as it will encourage others to make similar movies. Go and see it, ignore some of the inane comments on here that this isn't true- believe me having been on the receiving end of a riot at the Divis flats mid 1980's I can tell you it was like reliving the moment. The film captures the distorted angry faces the looks of shock and fear- very well made film indeed


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