'71 | Chicago Reader



Gregory Burke's acclaimed 2006 play Black Watch is a ferocious, real-time docudrama about British soldiers in Iraq; this 2014 thriller, scripted by Burke and directed by Yann Demarge, is a similarly immersive account of British soldiers in early-70s Northern Ireland. An inexperienced young soldier (Jack O'Connell of Unbroken and David Mackenzie's Starred Up) spends two days running for his life after getting separated from his unit during a skirmish. The movie sticks close to his perspective, for better and for worse; it's a potent, visceral experience, but it doesn't offer much historical context, and its depiction of the IRA is fairly simplistic.



  • Yann Demange


  • Jack O'Connell
  • Paul Anderson
  • Sean Harris
  • Richard Dormer
  • Barry Keoghan
  • Martin McCann
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Sam Reid
  • Killian Scott
  • David Wilmot
  • Jack Lowden
  • Jim Sturgeon


  • Robin Gutch
  • Angus Lamont
  • Sam Lavender
  • Tessa Ross
  • Dan Macrae
  • Danny Perkins
  • Hugo Heppell
  • Mark Herbert
  • Lizzie Francke
  • Leslie Finlay

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