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For Queen and Country

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OscarÂ(r) winner* Denzel Washington is "amazing" (Village View) as a decorated veteran who hangs up his guns for civilian life only to discover that his return home will force him intoan unexpected call to arms. Full of "gritty realism" (Los Angeles Times), this "impressive picture" (Variety) is a "well-made thriller, with an ending that is as unnerving as it is believable" (Village View)! When war hero Reuben James (Washington) returns home, he is shocked to find his neighborhood besieged by crime, drugs and police corruption. Feeling betrayed byhis country and frustrated by the lack of work, Reuben becomes an emotional time bomb ready to explode. And when his best friend is brutally murdered, this once dutiful soldier turns into a mercilessvigilante hellbent on change at any cost! *2001: Actor, Training Day; 1989: Supporting Actor, Glory

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Denzel Washington adopts a British accent for the grim if compelling, 1989 social drama, For Queen and Country. Akin in mood and story to several American films (notably Rolling Thunder) about Vietnam veterans who return home to face indifference or hostility, For Queen and Country stars Washington as paratrooper Reuben James, a decorated veteran of the Falklands war and Britain's occupation of Northern Ireland. Returning to civilian life in the early '80s, Reuben discovers Thatcher's England (specifically London's East End) to be an intensely racist, violent ground for class warfare, crime, and drugs. Unable to find work, hassled by white cops, pressured by old mates to run afoul of the law, and rejected by a woman (Amanda Redman) who sees him as another product of a cruel and bloody era, Reuben's hope diminishes despite efforts to do the right thing. The downbeat, predictable drama is elevated by Washington's charismatic performance. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Dorian Healy, Sean Chapman, Graham McTavish, Geff Francis
  • Directors: Martin Stellman
  • Writers: Martin Stellman, Trix Worrell
  • Producers: Tim Bevan
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001VTPUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Queen and Country" on IMDb

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Denzel Washington's charismatic performance and amazing accent once again has reiterated how incredibly talented he is. The movie is fiery, racsist, violent, full of gritty realism, and he carries his acting role superbly as usual. I have seen 95% of all his movies and in each and every one of them, he becomes the character. Without a doubt I claim him as the VERY BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTOR in Hollywood.
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If you appreciate Denzel's greatness as an actor, you should enjoy this film as I did. It's old, but it's a good story with great acting. It's also neat to see a young Denzel that I never knew existed. He was just as talented in this early film, as he has been in all of his films. Worth getting a copy for the collection...
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I originally saw this movie about 8 years ago on late night cable. I was flipping channels when I saw Denzel and began to watch this movie. I thought it was a good movie and then in a love scene Denzel (before he was a huge star) was naked. That in my opinion made the movie go from good to GREAT!! When I saw that the movie had been released on DVD I bought it immediately only to get it home and find that they edited the nude scene from the DVD. I was very dissapointed which is why I gave the movie 4 stars instead of 5. The plus side is that Denzel does have a pretty good British accent and that his acting is so good that he makes the character believable. A god choice for avid Denzel collectors.
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How Much Does a Trojan Horse Weigh? (Ile Wazy Kon Trojanski?) is an entertaining comedy that has a very unique type of humor. Although the trailer makes the film look pretty funny, there are much more serious moments. Yes, there are some funny parts to How Much Does a Trojan Horse Weigh?, but a greater part has psychological drama that can only be described as being a movie directed by Juliusz Machulski. If you have seen any of Machulski's films you will know what I mean.

The story is about second chances and getting another try to make a good thing even better. Zosia (Ilona Ostrowska) is celebrating her 40th birthday on New Year's Eve with her daughter and second husband Kuba. But this isn't any New Year's but year 2000, and between the paranoia and excitement there is something magical in store for Zosia. She wishes she was younger and met Kuba earlier so she could have enjoyed being with him sooner.

By some strange happening her wish comes true and she goes back twelve years in time. To her shock, Zosia finds herself in bed with her first husband, before the time she became pregnant with her daughter. She is given a chance to live these years again knowing exactly what events shaped and changes the lives of her and her friends. The down side is that she is now in the PRL (Communist Poland) and many aspects of life are backwards compared to the life she just came from.

Going through life knowing what will happen has its advantages but it also isn't easy. It is almost a game of cheating fate and is a lot more suspenseful than one might imagine. Besides the funny parts there is ample drama. Some touching moments in this film may even bring some tears to your eye.

The work of Juliusz Machulski is well known to those who enjoy Polish films.
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For Queen and Country, 1989 film

Two men get in a car and drive. Suddenly other men start shooting at them! The scene changes to the South Atlantic in 1982. [The Falklands War.] Soldiers on a ship get ready to move out. Next its England in 1988. A man is stopped in a building and questioned by the police. [Prejudice?] A friend visits him [heavy accents here]. Reuben James visits another friend (who is in a wheelchair). A policeman visits to collect money. [For what?] Later Reuben and a friend visit a club. “Full up” they are told. Men play soccer in a park. Returning home he finds young burglars! There is dealing in the hallways of this housing estate. [Public housing.] Reuben meets an old friend in a bar. There is conflict and a man pulls a revolver. The police arrive and ignore this! Reuben provides an alibi for a friend. Another man offers him a favor as a business partner. Later he meets a woman. Event occur to pad out the story and tell about their life.

People can shoot rifles at a carnival. The woman objects to this (for personal reasons). There is a loud noise and policeman is wounded. No one saw anything. A letter tells Reuben that he is no longer a British subject! [Some sort of payback?] Bill collectors as for money from a lady; she can’t pay. There is action. Later there is a meeting in a men’s room, a deal for drugs. “Nice doing business.” Then the police arrive! [A double-cross?] Reuben ends the partnership. He goes to visit Fish, who is armed and dangerous. “Give me the gun.” Is a horse race fixed? A policeman visits Reuben to talk about finding the man who killed a policeman. He finds men working in a room; they are up to no good. “This is war.” Heavily armed police invade and are met with Molotov cocktails. Reuben is leaving for St. Lucie to begin a new life.
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It was delivered on time for Christmas, which I was afraid it wasn't going to be because I purchased it the week of Christmas. However, the DVD was moving around in the case before I opened it. I don't know if it was during shipment or what, but at some point the part that clicks the DVD into place had broken. Thankfully, it was not scratched. No complaint's because I'm sure it wasn't intentionally done.
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