King and Country (Blu-ray)
The most intense excitement you have ever experienced in this shock-filled story of the incident that rocked an empire!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: June 3, 2014
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: VCI Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay & Leo McKern
|Barry Foster, James Villiers, Peter Copley & Jeremy Spenser
|Art Direction by
|Joseph Losey & Norman Priggen
Rating: 85/100 -- Losey creates a chilling sense of mood with nothing more than horrifying still images of a war-torn landscape.
Rating: B+ -- Tense, downbeat, class-conscious antiwar drama. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- Losey overcomes the script's soapbox aspirations with his crisp direction.
San Francisco Examiner
After ninety minutes of visual deprivation and sledgehammer moralizing, one remembers with affection Stanley Kubrick's treatment of the same war and the same theme in Paths of Glory. Full Review
Joseph Losey takes an unadorned look at the realities of World War I trench warfare in his jarring military courtroom drama KING AND COUNTRY. Tom Courtenay stars as Hamp, the muddled, Cockney private who, at his wit's end, deserts his post, attempting to escape the ever-present sound of guns and walk home. Dirk Bogarde is Captain Hargreaves, an aristocratic, no-nonsense British Army lawyer who must defend Hamp before the army tribunal, for whom the crime of desertion carries a nasty stigma and the penalty of execution. The action is confined to the mud-entrenched, rat-infested confines of the barracks, creating a stifling atmosphere, which is only amplified by Losey's masterful scenes exposing the dry cruelty and unnerving boredom of army life. Initially, Hargreaves approaches Hamp's case with disdain; however, upon learning that Hamp volunteered for duty on a dare, that he is the sole survivor of his unit, and that his wife has been unfaithful in his absence, his efforts on Hamp's behalf become more impassioned and earnest. Faced with the unfeeling face of the army bureaucracy, Hargreaves's arguments fall on deaf ears as Hamp becomes a tool of morale boosting on the eave of the troop's dispersal into an impending bloody battle.
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