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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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Yann Demange

Writer:

Gregory Burke
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 29 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 ... 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 ... 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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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

Gross USA:

$1,270,847

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,062,178
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most scenes were shot in Northern England. See more »

Goofs

In the initial chase scene where Gary runs from the shooter he is fired at 32 times (including the first kill shot) from what seems like just one man's gun, we don't see the younger boy fire his gun at all. We also don't see any reloading as they are running at breakneck speed. This would be impossible from a small 1960's era 9mm Semi-automatic pistol which have at most 13 rounds in the magazine. 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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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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YOU BETTER MOVE ON
Written and Performed by Arthur Alexander
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Gritty and uncompromising.
26 March 2015 | by Troy_CampbellSee 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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