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Another Country (1984)

PG | | Biography, Drama, Romance | June 1984 (UK)
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director:

Marek Kanievska

Writers:

Julian Mitchell (screenplay), Julian Mitchell (play)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Everett ... Guy Bennett
Colin Firth ... Tommy Judd
Michael Jenn ... Barclay
Robert Addie ... Delahay
Rupert Wainwright Rupert Wainwright ... Devenish
Tristan Oliver ... Fowler
Cary Elwes ... James Harcourt
Frederick Alexander Frederick Alexander ... Menzies
Adrian Ross Magenty Adrian Ross Magenty ... Wharton
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Yevgeni
Phillip Dupuy Phillip Dupuy ... Martineau
Guy Henry ... Head Boy
Jeffry Wickham Jeffry Wickham ... Arthur (as Jeffrey Wickham)
John Line John Line ... Best Man
Gideon Boulting Gideon Boulting ... Trafford
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Storyline

Based on the award winning play by Julian Mitchell, the film explores the effect of Public School life in the 1930's on Guy Bennett as his homosexuality and unwillingness to "play the game" turns him eastwards towards communist Russia. Written by Craig Wood <cew@jiffi.demon.co.uk>

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A convention outraged. A class abandoned. A country betrayed. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Druga zemlja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A very youthful Earl Spencer appears as an extra in several scenes. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Guy Bennett: God, if our parents only knew what actually went on here.
Judd: They do know. Fathers anyway.
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Connections

Referenced in Love Exiled (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in D flat major 'Raindrop' Opus 28 no. 15
(uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Truly brilliant, although quintessentially English
3 August 2003 | by fodwodSee all my reviews

I was living in France when this film was first released. I had seen the stage play and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film was so good I actually saw it twice over it's opening weekend.

The bulk of the action is set in an English boarding school in the 1930s. This is marvelously portrayed - school bullies, inter house rivalries, the cadet force, cricket - and there is some marvelous interaction between Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. The latter's impassioned defence of Stalin is understated comedy at its finest.

This is a film of great subtlety and beauty, well acted, and underpinned by a haunting soundtrack.


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