King and Country

King and Country

Dirk Bogarde
Director: Joseph Losey Cast: Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde
, Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
, Leo McKern
Leo McKern
Joseph Losey


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King and Country was adapted by Evan Jones from John Wilson's play Hamp. Misfit World War I British soldier Tom Courtenay, on trial for desertion, is defended by martinet officer Dirk Bogarde. Disgusted by the assignment, Bogarde wearily asks the dullwitted Courtenay the reasons for his actions. Courtenay replies that, after being the sole survivor of a battle and discovering that his wife had been cheating on him while he was serving his country, he didn't see any purpose in going on; thus, he "went for a little walk." Bogarde's dislike of his client melts into sympathy, which in turn leads to temporary indignation over the manner in which the average enlisted man is treated by his aristocratic superiors. Despite his pleas for leniency, Bogarde's client is sentenced to be shot; after all, an example must be made. On the day of the execution, the men on the firing squad are so drunk that they're unable to carry out the sentence. Once more incensed by the "rabble" that he's forced to deal with, Bogarde takes the law into his own hands.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
UPC: 0089859902123
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 26,766

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Capt. Hargreaves
Tom Courtenay Private Hamp
Leo McKern Capt. O'Sullivan
Barry Foster Lieutenant Webb
James Villiers Capt. Midgley
Peter Copley Colonel
Barry Justice Lt. Prescott
Vivian Matalon Chaplain
Jeremy Spencer Pvt. Sparrow
James Hunter Pvt. Sykes
David Cook Private Wilson
Larry Taylor Sergeant-Major
Jonah Seymour Cpl. Hamilton, M.P.
Keith Buckley Corporal of the Guard
Derek Partridge Captain at Court-Martial
Brian Tipping Lieutenant at Court Martial
Terry Palmer Soldiers in Hamp's Platoon

Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director,Producer
Larry Adler Score Composer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
James Lansdale Hodson Screenwriter
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Reginald Mills Editor
Peter Mullins Art Director
Roy Ponting Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Priggen Producer
John Wilson Screenwriter

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