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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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Training Corporal
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Jimmy
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Carl
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Recruit Soldier
Jonah Russell ...
Barracks Officer
Harry Verity ...
Darren
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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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$55,761 (USA) (27 February 2015)

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$1,268,760 (USA) (1 May 2015)
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The film's composer, David Holmes, was born in Belfast, where most of the film takes place. See more »

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The movie shows the British soldiers holding the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (SLR) with black plastic butt stock and fore grip. These were not trailed by the British Army until 1974 and were then phased in over the next 8 years. The rifles should all have had wooden butt stocks and fore grips. See more »

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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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CRY TO ME
Words and Music written by Bert Berns
Performed by Solomon Burke
Published by Sony/ ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited, EMI Music Publishing Ltd, and Bert Russell Music LLC
Licensed courtesy of Warner Records Ltd
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"The situation is confused"
4 April 2015 | by (Cincinnati) – See 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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