Queen and Country (2014) Rating:
Callum Turner / Caleb Landry Jones / Pat Shortt / David Thewlis / Richard E. Grant / Vanessa Kirby / Tamsin Egerton / Aimee-Ffion Edwards / Miriam Rizea / Sinéad Cusack / David Hayman / John Standing / Brían F. O'Byrne / David Michael Claydon / Julian Wadham Director:
John Boorman Language:
The hilarious highlight of John Boorman's HOPE AND GLORY (1987), nominated for 5 Oscars: 9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoices in the destruction of his school by an errant Luftwaffe bomb. QUEEN AND COUNTRY picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill (Boorman's alter-ego) begins basic training in the early Fifties, during the Korean War. Bill is joined by a trouble-making army mate, Percy. They never get near Korea, but engage in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley. Richard E. Grant is their superior, the very, very, infinitely put-upon, aptly-named Major Cross.