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Another Country (1984)

Convention outraged...a class abandoned...a country betrayed!

Original Title : Another Country
Director : Marek Kanievska
Writer : Julian Mitchell
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Robert Fox , Alan Marshall , Julian Seymour
Music : Michael Storey
Photography : Peter Biziou
Distributor : Aquarius TV
IMDB ID : 0086904
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poster for "Another Country" by Marek Kanievska (1984)
Another Country (1984) - Marek Kanievska
 

Starring

Rupert Everett Guy Bennett
Colin Firth Tommy Judd
Michael Jenn Barclay
Robert Addie Delahay
Rupert Wainwright Donald Devenish
Tristan Oliver Fowler
Cary Elwes James Harcourt
Frederick Alexander Jim Menzies
Adrian Ross Magenty Wharton
Geoffrey Bateman Yevgeni
Philip Dupuy Martineau
Guy Henry Head Boy
Jeffrey Wickham Arthur
John Line Best Man
Gideon Boulting Trafford
Llewellyn Rees Senior Chaplain
Arthur Howard Waiter
Ivor Roberts Chief Judge
Crispin Redman Prefect
Nicholas Rowe Spungin
Kathleen St. John Ivy
Martin Wenner Batsman 1
Christopher Milburn Batsman 2
Tristram Jellinek Nicholson
Tristram Wymark Henderson
Ralph Perry-Robinson Robbins
Anna Massey Imogen Bennett
Betsy Brantley Julie Schofield
James D.R. Hickox Student (uncredited
 

Plot

Based on the award winning play by Julian Mitchell, the film explores the effect of Public School life in the 1930's on Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) as his homosexuality and unwillingness to "play the game" turns him eastwards towards communist Russia.
 

Comments

It is interesting how this film examines the life of Guy Burgess, a real-life Englishman who in the 1940s worked for the Russians against his own country. The movie has nothing to do with spies or international intrigued, though. The story revolves around Burgess' early life, specifically his teen years. From what I've read, I gather this is not a faithful recreation of Burgess' life (the movie is based on a play written by Julian Mitchell), but a rather fictitious depiction of the man's formative years. But if you keep in mind what Burgess became famous for, it is interesting to see how the movie argues that Burgess' youth is crucial to understand why he chose to become a spy for the Russians. In that regard, this is an intriguing character study. Rupert Everett is superb as Burgess, and Colin Firth provides fine support in the role of Burgess' best friend. It would make a wonderful double feature with John Schlesinger's The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), an excellent factual drama about two American friends convicted of spying for the Russians.
 
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Another Country (1984) - Marek Kanievska
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