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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers:

Cary Joji Fukunaga (written for the screen by), Uzodinma Iweala (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 32 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abraham Attah ... Agu
Emmanuel Affadzi Emmanuel Affadzi ... Dike
Ricky Adelayitor Ricky Adelayitor ... Village Constable
Andrew Adote Andrew Adote ... Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
Vera Nyarkoah Antwi Vera Nyarkoah Antwi ... Little Sister
Ama K. Abebrese ... Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam ... Father
Francis Weddey Francis Weddey ... Big Brother
Fred Nii Amugi ... Pastor
John Arthur ... Angry Bush Taxi Driver
Grace Nortey Grace Nortey ... Old Witch Woman
Emmary Brown Emmary Brown ... Grandfather
Nataliah Andoh Nataliah Andoh ... BBC Host
Matthew Mpoke Bigg Matthew Mpoke Bigg ... BBC Correspondent
Nana Mensah Nana Mensah ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden

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Taglines:

Child. Captive. Killer.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Akan

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bestie bez vlasti See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghana

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,003, 16 October 2015

Gross USA:

$83,861
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Idris Elba and Cary Joji Fukunaga based the Commandant largely on members of the Civil Defense Forces they had consulted with during the pre-production phase of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Preacher confronts the Commandant to say that he is leaving, the Commandant calls him Two I-C, who died earlier in the story.

This is not necessarily a goof. Two I-C is a rank (Second in Command), not a name. When the first Two I-C is killed, presumably on Commandant's orders, Commandant needs to delegate a new deputy leader and chooses Preacher. This is why Preacher's decision to leave carries such weight, and why he later opts to return to the bush. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agu: It is starting like this.
[watching other children playing]
Agu: Let's keep looking. They aren't good enough.
Dike: Hey, let's take that girl.
Agu: Which one?
Dike: That girl. Zoey. Let's take her.
Agu: Ah... No. What about that one?
Dike: Him?
Agu: Yes.
[...]
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Everybody Like My Tin
Written by Charles Nil Armah Mensah
Performed by Randy Aflakpui, Abdul Mumin Mutawaki, Emmanuel Osei
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A story to take with you
16 October 2015 | by label1177See all my reviews

Compelling with beautiful shots and music. Watched on Netflix where other options and distractions are a abundant, but I did not put this down. It is quite the untold story about such a huge political and inhumane problem within Africa today. Casting was great, very memorable faces. I would say this is what American Sniper should have been like. The changes in characters was gradual and smooth, PTSD and other issues were presented much better. Eye opening in a way old stories used to be. This was much more than entertainment, but more of a virtual experience like Saving Private Ryan was. Quite gritty as well, which doesn't bother me, but for those that are sensitive this will be a hard watch.


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