My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

King And Country (1964)

JOSEPH LOSEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5United Kingdom, 1964B.H.E. Productions.  Story by , Screenplay by , based on the play Hamp by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay in King and Country.

Tom Courtenay plays a World War I soldier who goes for a walk after being the sole survivor of a bloody battle that wipes out his company, then is court-martialed for desertion with haughty officer as his defence. The political nature of working-class Brits being sent to the slaughter for the benefit of a heartless aristocracy is examined in this solid, compelling drama that benefits from exceptional performances and solid dialogue. A thought-provoking, strong anti-war statement.

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