For Queen and Country

Overview

With a cruel, keen edge, this taut social drama slices deeply into Thatcher's England to expose a grim underbelly of racism, cynicism and despair. Reuben James is a black paratrooper who has spent the last nine years serving in the British army and who finally gets discharged to return to his home in South London. There he discovers that the residents have been ravaged by the poverty of the decade and many have turned to crime to survive, while others do their best in the midst of crushing hopelessness to find ...
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Overview

With a cruel, keen edge, this taut social drama slices deeply into Thatcher's England to expose a grim underbelly of racism, cynicism and despair. Reuben James is a black paratrooper who has spent the last nine years serving in the British army and who finally gets discharged to return to his home in South London. There he discovers that the residents have been ravaged by the poverty of the decade and many have turned to crime to survive, while others do their best in the midst of crushing hopelessness to find order and meaning. He too fights the same battles as he struggles to find work. He is disillusioned to discover that to racist employers, his sterling service record is almost worthless. The poor veteran suffers a final blow when he learns that because he was born on the common-wealth island of St. Lucia, and because the laws have suddenly changed, he is no longer considered a British citizen. Now he must quickly make a decision about the rest of his life. Meanwhile, back in the neighborhood, tempers fray, frustration mounts and violence ensues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 883904129738
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Reuben James
Amanda Redman Stacey
George Baker Kilcoyne
Bruce Payne Colin
Geff Francis Lynford
Stella Gonet Debbie
Charlie Appleby Fairground Stallholder
Dan Armour Drunken Man
Michael Bray Bryant
Valerie Chassigneaux French Girl
Judith Conyers Girl
Carlton Dixon Stylee
Craig Fairbrass Challoner
James Harkishin Sadiq
Frank Harper Mickey
Stewart Harwood Cab Office Owner
Shaheen Khan Party Girl
Debbie Killingback Girl
Suzette Llewellyn Girl with Bull Terrier
Brian McDermott Harry
Peter McNamara Pete
Graham McTavish Lieutenant
Beverly Michaels Party Girl
Lisa O'Connor Hayley
Chris Pitt Chris
Mike Smart Peelhead
Peter Spraggon Landlord
Ken Stott Civil Servant
Colin Thomas Feargal
James Warrior LEB Man
Sean Chapman Rob
Jo Martin Pearl
Paul McKenzie Sean
Anselm Peters Oscar
Alison Rowley Party Girl
Joginder Singh Lal Sikh Minder
Tatiana Strauss French Girl #1
Technical Credits
Martin Stellman Director, Screenwriter
Charmian Adams Art Director
Arthur Beavis Special Effects
Peter Bennett Asst. Director
Tim Bevan Producer
Leo Davis Casting
Simon Goldenberg Score Composer
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Geoff MacCormack Score Composer
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Gareth Milne Stunts
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Morag Ross Makeup
Stephen Singleton Editor
Mike Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Trix Worrell Screenwriter
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