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A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.3/10 (7,030 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Director: Yann Demange

Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Jack O'Connell - Gary Hook
Sam Reid - Lt. Armitage
Richard Dormer - Eamon
Paul Anderson - Sergeant Leslie Lewis
Sean Harris - Captain Sandy Browning
Charlie Murphy - Brigid
Valene Kane - Orla (Spitting Woman)
Ben Peel - Ruc Man
Sam Hazeldine - C.O.
Martin McCann - Paul Haggerty
Killian Scott - Quinn
David Wilmot - Boyle
Barry Keoghan - Sean Bannon
Gerard Jordan - Huge Man / Lillian Hughes
Paul Popplewell - Training Corporal Marsh


Official Website: Official site [Spain]

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 10 October 2014

Filming Locations: Stansfield Street and Bank Top, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK

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Did You Know?

Most scenes within the film were shot in Northern England, not in the film's setting of Belfast. See more »

The early shot in the film showing Jack O'Connell on the ferry to Belfast is actually on a River Mersey ferry sailing to Liverpool. See more »


User Review


Rating: 10/10

Introduced by a hard-hitting boxing fight; the ethos of '71 is immediately understood. It is brutal, thrilling and an utterly dramatic directorial debut from Yann Demange.

Part of a new regiment, Jack O'Connell's lead character, Gary Hook, is deployed to Belfast, Northern Ireland to help control an emergency situation caused by IRA terrorism. Gaining an essence of Full Metal Jacket meeting I am Solider – the film is quite honest in what it wants to be, and the narrative because of it flows consistently in the right direction.

Sent into the front-line urban warfare, Hook's regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Armitage (Sam Reid) is quickly bombarded with urine and pooh packages. Then quickly followed by one of the most realistic, violent and dramatic riots that has ever appeared in film.

Soon, Hook is separated from his group and forced to survive as a lone-wolf in the devilish-toned IRA hostile territory. All quickly intensifies to an incredible Bourne-style chase through the streets of terror; what with the cars alight at each corner, crisp cinematography - everything feels authentic.

'They do not care about you, to them, you are just a piece of meat' – one character announces to Hook. But how wrong they are, as '71 soon turns into a game of cat vs. cat vs. mouse in a hunt of find him first.

Led by Jack O'Connell (Starred Up), his performance is uncanny – but just one of the many highlights that '71 serves up. Co-starring alongside, Sean Harris and Paul Anderson play undercover superiors, yet are as corrupt as Bad Lieutenant.

Regimented like the army, '71 is on point. Everything is there for a reason, and it shows on screen. Struck with luck, but unlucky to have been there in the first place, Jack O'Connell prospers and carries the film even when it is unneeded and secures it as one of this year's best thrillers.


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