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Another Country 1984 ***

Julian Mitchell adapted his own theatrical hit for this thoughtful analysis of espionage and sexual politics. Based on the early life of Guy Burgess, Marek Kanieviska’s drama makes good use of a public school setting as Guy (Rupert Everett) and his room-mate Tommy (Colin Firth) set out to defy convention, but find their ideals compromised by the school system. Everett and Firth both deliver stellar turns, and although the flashback structure doesn’t add much, Another Country is far more than another Cold war thriller, instead looking at issues of class betrayal and brotherhood with a cool, sardonic wit.

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