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For Queen & Country (1988)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 May 1989 (USA)
A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

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Martin Stellman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Reuben James
Dorian Healy ... Tony aka Fish
Sean Chapman ... Bob Harper
Graham McTavish ... Lieutenant
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Lynford
Frank Harper ... Mickey
Craig Fairbrass ... Challoner
Michael Bray Michael Bray ... Bryant
George Baker ... Kilcoyne
Bruce Payne ... Colin
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Debbie
Colin Thomas Colin Thomas ... Feargal
Tatiana Strauss Tatiana Strauss ... French Girl #1
Valérie Chassigneux Valérie Chassigneux ... French Girl #2
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Harry
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Storyline

Reuben, having been discharged from the British military, returns to London after a tour of duty in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, where he was decorated as a war Hero. However, given his vocation to his country, he finds interviews for jobs surprisingly difficult to arrange, even though they were sorted out by his careers officers in the army. Within time, he realises his illustrious army record holds no sway in everyday life. Written by Anonymous

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He's older, he's wiser, but times have changed.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Por la reina y la patria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,771, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$191,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,051
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 84647 delivered on 8-5-1989. See more »

Quotes

Reuben James: Listen, I ain't no hero alright?
Stacey: So what are all them medals for then?
Reuben James: Campaign medals, that's what they are. Give 'em to everyone, even the cooks.
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A Matter of Time
Written by J. Vincent
Performed by Singers and Players
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A Heroes Welcome?
12 January 2000 | by Stevebarry2000See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film was back in the early Nineties, and I hadn't really heard of Denzel Washington either, therefore I presumed I was watching a low budget film about a Falklands Veteran returning to life in Civvy Street.

What I actually got was an eye opener about Life within Her Majesty's Armed Forces versus Life on the outside. Reuben, having been discharged from 2 Para, returns to London after a tour of duty in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, where he was decorated as a war Hero. However, given his vocation to his country, he finds interviews for jobs surprisingly difficult to arrange, even though they were sorted out by his careers officers in the army. Within time, he realises his illustrious army record holds no sway in everyday life.

This film makes you realise how easy it is to fall into the criminal side of life as Reuben becomes a body guard to a drug dealer. The ending is as grim as his life has become, therefore don't expect a smart, streetwise, cocky character to race through the film avoiding trouble. This is a Gritty urban Drama. I felt that as you watch Reuben's hopes for the future fade away, there truly is no justice for the little man.

Washington's British accent is impeccable, you would believe he was born, and lived his life in Milwall or Bermondsey. I read an interview that he learnt the native accent by getting drunk for a fortnight in London.


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