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’71 (2014)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 27,325 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 10 October 2014 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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  • IMDb page: ’71 (2014)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 27,325 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 10 October 2014 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Stansfield Street and Bank Top, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
  • Gross: $1,268,760 (USA) (1 May 2015)
  • Director: Yann Demange
  • Stars: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: David Holmes   
  • Soundtrack: CRY TO ME
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Riot | Soldier | British Soldier | Wound | Murder Of A Teenager

Writing Credits By:

  • Gregory Burke (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Most scenes within the film were shot in Northern England, not in the film’s setting of Belfast. 46 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jack O’Connell’s character was originally written to have come from Lancashire, UK, but at Jack’s request was rewritten so the character came from Derby, Derbyshire, UK, the real birth home of Jack O’Connell. 35 of 36 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • First theatrical film directed by Yann Demange. 24 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are seen wearing navy blue or black uniforms; the RUC uniform was dark green.

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

Story: 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.


Synopsis: 1971. Pvt. Gary Hook’s training regiment gets sent to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to assist the army there. The city is divided violently between sides and faiths; the pro UK side is predominantly Protestants, and the pro independence side is predominantly Catholics and belongs to the Irish Republican Army, IRA. After years of fighting, the IRA sees ruptures within its ranks, between the more violent youngsters and the more complacent seniors. Under Lt. Armitage, Gary’s platoon’s first mission is to assist the local constabulary in a search for suspected illegal weapons in the Catholics’ side of town very near the border line. While maintaining the ranks under heavy rioting masses, a soldier is hit by a stone, and a kid picks up his rifle. Armitage sends Gary and another soldier to chase the boy but some men chase after them and beat them senselessly. Two young IRA members Paul and Sean come by them and Paul shoots the other soldier. When Sean hesitates to shoot, Gary runs away from them and manages to escape.

Meanwhile the riot gets more violent and Armitage’s unit flees the scene, leaving Gary behind. At nightfall, Gary sneaks out of hiding and finds that he’s on the Protestants’ side of Belfast. A kid helps him to a local pub, where he takes notice of a planned bomb attack on the catholics and MRF Sergeant Leslie Lewis seems to be involved in this. The pub owner demands his dog tags as proof that he’s the missing soldier and gives them to Lewis. Lewis orders Gary to stay at the pub, while he leaves. Gary accidentally goes out of the pub just seconds before the bomb suddenly decimates the pub and injures him too. It seems that Lewis is a double agent who works for the IRA. Gary passes out on the street, but Eamon and his daughter Brigid, both Catholics, help him despite knowing he’s a British soldier. Not wanting to risk their own lives bringing Gary to the hospital, Eamon calls IRA senior Boyle instead, who then comes to get the soldier. Boyle has contacts to the MRF. He offers the soldier for Quinn’s murder in return. When he arrives at Eamon’s house, Gary has already managed to leave the flat. Meanwhile Sean, Paul and Quinn arrive and park their car at the entrance. Gary eludes them long enough and manages to stab and kill Paul, but then gets captured by Quinn after Sean again hesitates in shooting him. Quinn takes Sean to a basement to execute Gary but again Sean hesitates. That’s when Armitage and his men arrive. Sgt. Lewis goes in first while Armitage goes in shortly after. Lewis finds Gary and quickly shoots Sean, but he then tries to strangle Gary to make sure that he cannot reveal his identity as a double agent. Sean, surviving Lewis’s shot, kills Lewis. But Armitage comes and kills Sean.

Captain Browning has Quinn in his sights but lets him go, saying Quinn needs to deal with Boyle and that he’ll be in touch.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Leslie Finlay known as executive producer
  • Lizzie Francke known as executive producer
  • Robin Gutch known as producer
  • Hugo Heppell known as executive producer
  • Mark Herbert known as executive producer
  • Robert How known as line producer
  • Angus Lamont known as producer
  • Sam Lavender known as executive producer
  • Dan MacRae known as executive producer
  • Danny Perkins known as executive producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jack O'Connell known as Gary Hook
  • Jack Lowden known as Thommo
  • Paul Popplewell known as Training Corporal
  • Adam Nagaitis known as Jimmy
  • Joshua Hill known as Carl
  • Ben Williams-Lee known as Recruit Soldier
  • Jonah Russell known as Barracks Officer
  • Harry Verity known as Darren
  • Peter McNeil O'Connor known as Warden
  • Babou Ceesay known as Corporal
  • Sam Reid known as Lt. Armitage
  • James McArdle known as Sergeant
  • Sam Hazeldine known as C.O.
  • Sean Harris known as Captain Sandy Browning
  • Paul Anderson known as Sergeant Leslie Lewis
  • Ben Peel known as Ruc Officer
  • Andy Moore known as Ruc Man (Bathroom)
  • Amy Molloy known as Mother in Raided House
  • Ashley Scott known as Young Soldier
  • Valene Kane known as Orla (Spitting Woman)
  • Aaron Lynch known as Young Boy at Riot
  • Barry Keoghan known as Sean Bannon
  • Tom Cowling known as Large Soldier
  • Gerard Jordan known as Huge Man
  • Denise Gough known as Lillian Hughes (Protective Woman at Riot)
  • Martin McCann known as Paul Haggerty
  • Killian Scott known as Quinn
  • Liam McMahon known as O'Brien
  • Aaron Monaghan known as McCann
  • David Wilmot known as Boyle
  • Dawn Bradfield known as Sean's Mum
  • Eabha MacCabe known as Sean's Little Sister
  • Corey McKinley known as Loyalist Child
  • Paul Kennedy known as Johnny
  • Emmet Kirwan known as Gang Member 2
  • Barry Barnes known as Jake Fullerton
  • Chris Patrick-Simpson known as Older loyalist
  • Terence Keeley known as Younger Loyalist
  • Jim Sturgeon known as Sergeant John Vickers
  • Cathy White known as Good Samaritan
  • Charlie Murphy known as Brigid
  • Richard Dormer known as Eamon
  • Paul Bergquist known as Local resident (as Stephen Davies)
  • Trish Pope known as Local woman
  • Daniel Craig Williams known as Rioter (as Daniel Williams)
  • Pamela Ashton known as Republican Barmaid (uncredited)
  • Margaret Bell known as Bin Lid Lady (uncredited)
  • Lee Bolton known as Irish Rioter (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Bridge known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Calum C. Sutton known as British Soldier (uncredited)
  • Eric Campbell known as RUC Officer (uncredited)
  • Brian Clarke known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Michael Degnan known as Heavy / Rioter (uncredited)
  • Paul J. Dove known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Graeme Ford known as Jayson (uncredited)
  • Nick Gordon known as Physical training instructor (uncredited)
  • Kenton Hall known as Loyalist Drinker (uncredited)
  • Mark Jarvis known as Recruit Soldier (uncredited)
  • Kevin Knox known as Elderly Rioter (uncredited)
  • Emily Maguire known as Young Woman (uncredited)
  • Stuart Matthews known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Liam Merrigan known as Junior Officer (uncredited)
  • Hugh O'Brien known as Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
  • Andy Pearson known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Tom Raven known as Good Samaritan (uncredited)
  • Jacob Robson known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Pete Szoradi known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Ernest Vernon known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Craig Walters known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Nicola-Jayne Wells known as Bin Lady (uncredited)
  • Margaret Wheldon known as Funeral Goer (uncredited)
  • Paula Ann Williams known as Child Rioter (uncredited)
  • Lolliella Wilson known as Child Rioter (uncredited)
  • Patricia Winker known as Barrier woman / local woman (uncredited)
  • Richard Woodward known as Army recruit (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Michael Byrne known as prosthetic makeup artist
  • Peta Dunstall known as makeup supervisor
  • Kristyan Mallett known as prosthetics designer
  • Marie Morgan known as crowd make-up
  • Sarah Nuth known as makeup artist
  • Sangeet Prabhaker known as prosthetic sculptor
  • Charlotte Rogers known as makeup artist
  • Emma Scott known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Rachel Barker known as art department trainee
  • Mike Betts known as property master
  • Michael Campbell known as art department assistant
  • Thomas Chester known as standby props
  • Temple Clark known as storyboard artist
  • James Fennessy known as operational painter
  • John Holmes known as art department assistant
  • Emma Claire Johnson known as art department assistant
  • Katie Lee known as standby art direction
  • Rod Lee known as set dresser
  • Russell Lee known as standby props
  • Nick Molloy known as set dresser
  • Paddy Mosley known as dressing props
  • James O'Brien known as dressing props
  • Richard O'Brien known as dressing props
  • Jay Pales known as standby props
  • Richard Wells known as graphics art director
  • Duncan Wheeler known as production buyer




Production Companies:

  • Crab Apple Films
  • Protagonist Pictures (sales agent)
  • Warp Films

Other Companies:

  • 4K London  digital imaging services
  • Above the Line Set Assistance & Security  security
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  cell phone rentals
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Aver Media  thanks
  • Bbo Subtitulado  translation into spanish for dubbing
  • British Film Institute (BFI)  funding
  • British Pathé  archive footage
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Creative Scotland  funding
  • Darwen Borough Council  thanks
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Drama Studio, Belfast  music recording
  • Drama Studio, The  recording studio
  • Emfoundation  unit public relations
  • Film Finances  film completion guarantor
  • Film4  funding
  • Freeway CAM B.V.  world revenues collection and distribution
  • Halo Post Production  sound post-production
  • Halo Post Production  sound re-recording
  • HireWorks  Avid Nitris DX rental
  • Kaboom Post Production  ADR recording
  • Kaboom Post Production  sound re-recording
  • Land and Property Services  by permission of
  • Liverpool Film Office  thanks
  • Mediacom 24-7  accommodation agent
  • Melody Maker IPC + Syndication  thanks
  • Molinare Studio  post-production
  • Motion Picture Merchandise (MPM)  crew gift (uncredited)
  • Northern Ireland Screen  development funding (developed with the assistance of)
  • Post Project, The  sound post-production
  • Robertson Taylor  insurance
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Screen Yorkshire  funding
  • Sheffield City Council  thanks
  • Shipleys  auditor
  • Stunt Flying  stunt rigging equipment
  • Take 2 Films  camera equipment provided by (as Take 2 Film Services)
  • Universal Sound  foley recording
  • VOX USA  recording studio

Additional Details


  • Ad Vitam Distribution (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Aya Pro (2015) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2014) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Good Films (2015) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • NOS Audiovisuais (2015) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Roadside Attractions (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films – Spentzos Film (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Sundream Motion Pictures (2015) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Black Label Media (2014) (USA) (all media)
  • Elevation Pictures (2014) (Canada) (all media)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2014) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East, North Africa & Iran)
  • Seven Films (2014) (Greece) (all media)
  • Studio Canal (2014) (UK) (all media)
  • Vértigo Films (2014) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Union Visual Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Luca Bellano known as visual effects artist
  • Tim Caplan known as visual effects producer
  • Matthew Chan known as digital compositor
  • Adriano Cirulli known as digital compositor: Union VFX
  • Mitch Crease known as visual effects artist
  • Andy Cuthbert known as technical assistant
  • Agueda Del Castillo known as digital compositor
  • Adam Gascoyne known as visual effects producer
  • Patrick Hall known as digital compositor (Union VFX)
  • Shani Hermoni known as visual effects artist
  • Frederic Heymans known as compositor
  • Simon Hughes known as visual effects supervisor
  • Taskin Kenan known as visual effects artist
  • Ines Li known as vfx coordinator
  • Kaveh Montazer known as digital compositor
  • Maria Peralta Ramos known as visual effects artist
  • Kim Ranzani known as visual effects artist
  • Iain Read known as visual effects artist
  • James Roberts known as visual effects artist
  • Asa Shoul known as digital colourist
  • Noga Alon Stein known as visual effects line producer
  • Gareth Stevenson known as visual effects artist
  • Filip Sustek known as digital compositor: Union VFX
  • Ben Wilson known as visual effects artist

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout



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