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For Queen & Country (1988)

A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

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Martin Stellman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Reuben James
Dorian Healy ... Tony aka Fish
Sean Chapman ... Bob Harper
Graham McTavish ... Lieutenant
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Lynford
Frank Harper ... Mickey
Craig Fairbrass ... Challoner
Michael Bray Michael Bray ... Bryant
George Baker ... Kilcoyne
Bruce Payne ... Colin
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Debbie
Colin Thomas Colin Thomas ... Feargal
Tatiana Strauss Tatiana Strauss ... French Girl #1
Valérie Chassigneux Valérie Chassigneux ... French Girl #2
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Harry
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Storyline

Reuben, having been discharged from the British military, returns to London after a tour of duty in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, where he was decorated as a war Hero. However, given his vocation to his country, he finds interviews for jobs surprisingly difficult to arrange, even though they were sorted out by his careers officers in the army. Within time, he realises his illustrious army record holds no sway in everyday life. Written by Anonymous

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He's older, he's wiser, but times have changed.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Por la reina y la patria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,771, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$191,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,051
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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British schoolboy Stephen Lawrence, whose high-profile murder at a bus stop in 1993 led to accusations of institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police, appeared as an extra in this film. See more »


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Stay With Me
Written and Performed by I'm Talking
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Slow paced, but captures the feel very well
31 May 2003 | by imdbmyklSee all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect when some friends and I hired this DVD. Denzel Washington plays Rueben James, a retired English Paratrooper, returning home to the housing estate he grew up in as a child. Here he finds that not much has changed since he left about 10 years beforehand.

Many of Rueben's friends are still involved in 'less than legal' occupations, and the poverty and wretchedness of the estate seems even worse than when he lived there before. He needs to decide just where he fits in back home, and what direction his life will take. Despite trying to make a new life for himself, obstacles from past and present seem to always get in the way.

While I did find this movie slow paced, it captured the dismal feel of this community excellently. It also avoided using simplistic general stereotypes (for example, police are portrayed both in a very positive and very negative light).

I would recommend this movie if you're in the mood for a bit of gritty realism, but don't expect to feel particularly upbeat afterward!


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