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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

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(as Cary Joji Fukunaga)

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(written for the screen by), (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 32 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Agu
Emmanuel Affadzi ...
Ricky Adelayitor ...
Village Constable
Andrew Adote ...
Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
Vera Nyarkoah Antwi ...
Little Sister
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Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam ...
Father
Francis Weddey ...
Big Brother
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Pastor
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Angry Bush Taxi Driver
Grace Nortey ...
Old Witch Woman
Emmary Brown ...
Grandfather
Nataliah Andoh ...
BBC Host
Matthew Mpoke Bigg ...
BBC Correspondent
Nana Mensah ...
Young Girl
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Storyline

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Child. Captive. Killer.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestie bez vlasti  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,003, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,861, 23 October 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The biggest difficulty managed by the production coordinator was getting food to the set. As Fukunaga put it "An Army runs on its stomach and so does a film crew." See more »

Goofs

When Agu is first captured by the NDF and made to carry a crate of ammunition, it is a crate of 5.56x45mm rounds (according to the markings on the crate). Curiously, neither side in the civil war uses weapons that chamber this round; the NDF forces all carry Kalashnikov variants chambered in 7.62x39mm while the NRC soldiers favor HK G3 variants chambered in 7.62x51mm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agu: It is starting like this.
[watching other children playing]
Agu: Let's keep looking. They aren't good enough.
Dike: Hey, let's take that girl.
Agu: Which one?
Dike: That girl. Zoey. Let's take her.
Agu: Ah... No. What about that one?
Dike: Him?
Agu: Yes.
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A Sleeping Beast
by Dan Romer
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Cary Fukunaga's amazing follow up to True Detective
16 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of the year! Cary Fukunaga swings and hits the ball out of the park and the ball hit a windshield! A film with so much savagery that it also makes you feel for this boy and what he is going through! A must see and one of the many reasons to go and get a Netflix account! Idris Elba gives the best performance of his life as the Commandment! Abraham Attah is amazing and has one of the best child actor performances ever! It is as good as True Detective and one of Netflix's best pieces of entertainment! Hopefully those Adam Sandler movies don't ruin their perfect line up(which it probably will).


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