For Queen and Country (1989)

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After nine years of serving in the crack Paratroop Regiment, Reuben (Denzel Washington) returns home. He is older, wiser and chastened by his experiences, a very different man from the thieving, brawling soccer hooligan who signed up on a whim all those years ago.

If Reuben had illusions about civilian life, they are soon dispelled when he calls on Fish (Dorian Healy), another ex-para and best friend. Fish lost a leg in the Falklands war and is now languishing, bitter and resentful, in a seedy flat with his wife, Debbie (Stella Gonet), an ever expanding family and mounting debts.

Colin (Bruce Payne), another of Reuben's old mates, who has earned a living by some very dangerous 'ducking and diving', is looking for a tough guy, someone who can handle a gun, and offers his old friend the job. Reuben, determined to stay out of trouble, turns him down flat.

Colin is not the only one trying to manipulate Reuben, Detective Sergeant Kilcoyne (George Baker), a compassionate policeman, is delighted to discover that the stranger in town is an ex-paratrooper. He tries to win Reuben's help in tracing the killer of Harry, the popular local copper. Reuben tries to steer a lonely path between the outlaws on the one hand and the law on the other.

When Reuben hears that, because of a change in the law, he is no longer a British citizen, he erupts in a fit of drunken despair and violence. He calls Colin and agrees to act as the 'heavy' on a drugs deal. Reubens actions will have far reaching consequences.
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Denzel Washington
Dorian Healy
Sean Chapman
Graham McTavish
Geff Francis
Frank Harper
Craig Fairbrass
Michael Bray
George Baker
Bruce Payne
Stella Gonet
Colin Thomas
Tatiana Strauss
Directed by
Martin Stellman
Simon Goldenberg
Michael Kamen
Geoff MacCormack
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 1989 101 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 1.70:1, NOT 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio & Animation, Scene Selection Animation
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