October 25, 2014

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King and Country – 1964 | 88 mins | Drama, War | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

King and Country

Adapted from John Wilson’s play, Joseph Loseyís pompous morality tale is really an allegory about the British class system and reworks the dynamic of The Servant (1963). The film was shot in less than three weeks for a reported £86,000.

In 1917 in a cellar at Passchendaele, working-class soldier Private Hamp (Tom Courtenay) awaits court martial for desertion. Detailed to defend him, Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogarde), a correct, efficient, young middle-class officer realises from Hamp’s simple replies that he is an innocent victim of war nerves and fatigue after three years active fighting. In the face of the facts marshalled against him and with any reference to the mental condition of the defendant excluded, Hargreaves’ plea for justice is overridden by the rule of law. In Hamp’s cellar his fellow soldiers, due next day to return up the line, get drunk on stolen rum. Next morning the firing squad fails to perform its duty. It is Hargreaves’ bullet which carries out execution.

Production Team

Joseph Losey: Director
Peter Mullins: Art Direction
Denys N. Coop: Cinematography
Reginald Mills: Film Editing
Bob Lawrance: Makeup Department
J.L. Hodson: Novel
Larry Adler: Original Music
John Wilson: Play
Joseph Losey: Producer
Norman Priggen: Producer
Richard MacDonald: Production Design
Evan Jones: Screenplay
John Cox: Sound
Buster Ambler: Sound
Gerry Hambling: Sound

Cast

James Villiers: Capt. Midgley
Peter Copley: Colonel
Barry Foster: Lt. Webb
Leo McKern: Capt. O\’Sullivan
Tom Courtenay: Pvt. Arthur Hamp
Dirk Bogarde: Capt. Hargreaves



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