King And Country

Bogarde, Dirk

SKU: 089859902123

UPC 089859902123
Release Date 2014-06-03
Studio VCI Home Video (Video Communications, Inc.)
Discs 1
Length 86
Format B&W
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis Joseph Losey takes an unadorned look at the realities of World War I trench warfare in his jarring military courtroom drama KING AND COUNTRY. Tom Courtenay stars as Hamp, the muddled, Cockney private who, at his wit's end, deserts his post, attempting to escape the ever-present sound of guns and walk home. Dirk Bogarde is Captain Hargreaves, an aristocratic, no-nonsense British Army lawyer who must defend Hamp before the army tribunal, for whom the crime of desertion carries a nasty stigma and the penalty of execution. The action is confined to the mud-entrenched, rat-infested confines of the barracks, creating a stifling atmosphere, which is only amplified by Losey's masterful scenes exposing the dry cruelty and unnerving boredom of army life. Initially, Hargreaves approaches Hamp's case with disdain; however, upon learning that Hamp volunteered for duty on a dare, that he is the sole survivor of his unit, and that his wife has been unfaithful in his absence, his efforts on Hamp's behalf become more impassioned and earnest. Faced with the unfeeling face of the army bureaucracy, Hargreaves's arguments fall on deaf ears as Hamp becomes a tool of morale boosting on the eave of the troop's dispersal into an impending bloody battle.An army lawyer must defend a young private charged with desertion during World War I. As the lawyer learns more about what actually happens on the front line, he's compelled to do whatever it takes to spare the boy from the firing squad. KING AND COUNTRY is a powerful fable concerning the evils of war and the nature of duty.Winner of the British Academy Award for Best Picture of 1964. Courtenay won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Cast James Villiers (Star)
Barry Foster (Star)
Peter Copley (Star)
Joseph Losey (Director)
Jeremy Spencer (Star)
Dirk Bogarde (Star)
Leo McKern (Star)
Tom Courtenay (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region 0 Widescreen - 1.66 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English Subtitles - English
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.75000
Depth 7.00000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,War Documentaries
Attribute Closed Captioned,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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