Recently I saw the movie '71 and loved it. However what confused me was what did the title mean, as in how would you read it 'dash' seventy one? Does it mean year 71 as the story is set during early 70s or something else?

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    It's just short for 1971 which was the height of the Irish "Troubles".
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 14:07
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    It is common to use an apostrophe as a mark for an abbreviation. It is read/spoken as simply "71." Do a google image search for "57 chevy model kit" and you will see this on the box art.
    – Yorik
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 20:53
  • @Yorik put it in the answer, i shall tick it Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 11:58

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You watched the movie but didn't understand the title? Seems like you need to rewatch it, as

Hook's platoon is sent to Belfast in 1971 in the early years of the Troubles.


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    Well i had checked wiki and hence i could point out the year 1971 point. Moreover i didnt understand the title had nothing to do with my understanding of the film. Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 14:08

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