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An episodic slice-of-life drama (the last 24 hours in port of a group of young naval ratings) cut with muted suspense (a search for the identity of the comatose victim of a disco bouncer's brutality), this Channel 4-commissioned feature occupies an unhappy middle ground between the distinctive approaches of Loach and Hines (Looks and Smiles) and Frears and Poliakoff (Bloody Kids). Opportunistically and inappropriately lumbered with a 'Falklands factor' promotional emphasis during its cinema release, the film subsequently took a major prize at the Taormina festival - presumably awarded more for good intentions than achievements.

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Colin Gregg
Screenwriter: Hugh Stoddart
Cast: David John
Gary Oldman
Martin Barrass
Kenneth Griffith
Ewan Stewart
John Altman
Sally Jane Jackson
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