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Postby british_gamer » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:52 pm

Watched 71 last night.
About a soldier who get separated from his unit in Northern Ireland.
Enjoyed it immensely as a piece of cinema.
No one really is shown in great light.
The military are naive, incompetent or homicidal, the republicans riven with internal dissent and the unionists just stupid.
Wasn't entirely sure of the authenticity - was there really burning buses as road blocks on every street corner in 71? I'd be interested in the opinion of someone who knows more than me.
It's certainly no "wind that shakes the barley" to be sure.
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Re: '71

Postby Duff » Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:48 pm

Not necessarily great history (not too bad either though) but a bloody good movie.
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Re: '71

Postby british_gamer » Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:53 pm

Thanks. I was starting to wonder if I was the only one to watch this.
Thought those women banging dustbin lids would make a great figure for something like Winter of 79.
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Re: '71

Postby Monkeyborg » Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:46 pm

Some of it was filmed in my home town, Blackburn.

Yes, I come from a town that in the modern age still looks like Belfast in the 70s. :roll:
Those burning buses are a fixture around these parts. :lol:
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Re: '71

Postby british_gamer » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:45 pm

I read it was filmed there. Sounds great.
I also spotted Park Hill Estate, Sheffield standing in for the Devis Road flats.
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Re: '71

Postby Duff » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:11 pm

Available to watch on Amazon Prime.
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Re: '71

Postby Bronshtein » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:50 am

Lots of burning everything in '71.Not as many buses as '69 when the Republicans opened the depot and used them to seal off the Ardoyne, but still loads. The Provos started getting their act together and there were gun battles across West Belfast and Londonderry. 174 deaths, 1,756 shootings, 1,515 bombs, thousands injured. Internment fucked up what goodwill was left and the fiasco of Bloody Sunday was set up by the PIRA habit of putting kids with rocks on the street, escalating to petrol bombs then gunmen in and behind the crowd high up. It was still a real shooting war then and about to be the worst year -1972: 470 deaths, 10,631 shootings, 1,853 bombs.
Google Belfast gun battles in videos and you'll see loads of people running about shooting, and hear some nice Irish music.
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Re: '71

Postby british_gamer » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:32 pm

Thank you. Nice to know it's realistic then. I was only born in 68 so a bit before my time.
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Re: '71

Postby The Jim Jones Cocktail Hour » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:07 am

Of course there's a rather good antidote to burning buses and barricades.

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Of course it's not really a Centurion tank, it's an AVRE and there's a whacking great 165mm demolition gun on the front end of the turret.

I've always thought that HMG showed considerable restraint at the time. The navy had Polaris in service at the time which meant that RN had the nuclear deterrent thing in hand. That left a lot of Vulcan bombers laying about with sod all to do, especially after Blue Steel was taken out of service.....

Oops , sorry, I was thinking aloud for a moment. :D

Must see the film, it sounds like it's worth watching.
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Re: '71

Postby Bronshtein » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:53 pm

That's a Saracen lurking back in the side street isn't it?
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