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McGuire, Go Home! (1964)
"The High Bright Sun" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  November 1964 (UK)
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During Cyprus'war of independence against the occupying British forces an American archeology student visiting the island is caught between the two warring sides.

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Maj. McGuire
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Haghios
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Juno Kozani
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Baker
Grégoire Aslan ...
Gen. Stavros Skyros
Colin Campbell ...
Emile Andros
Joseph Fürst ...
Dr. Andros
Katherine Kath ...
Mrs. Andros
George Pastell ...
Prinos
Paul Stassino ...
Alkis
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Col. Park
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In 1957, during Cyprus' war of independence against the occupying British forces, Juno, an American archeology student visiting Cyprus is caught between the two warring sides. After she witnesses an attack by local guerrillas against British soldiers she is questioned by the local British intelligence officer in charge, Major McGuire. However, one of the local guerrilla fighters, Haghios, is planning to kill Juno, in part because of Juno's witnessing the attack and in part because of her growing romantic relationship with Major McGuire. Written by Anonymous

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Before you stop a bullet...before you trip over a love affair...before you foul up the whole revolution...

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A Date with Death  »

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Conflicting loyalties make for tough love between soldier & civilian in Cyprus.
3 September 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Something of a romantic potboiler but strongly redeemed by two factors which stamp it as a thoroughly British rather than a Hollywood production. First, the gritty realism of its portrayal of the Cypriot independence struggle against British military rule in the 1950s. Second, its warts-and-all portrayal of everyday relationships and behaviour, instead of the typical Hollywood sanitized morality of the era.

All you need to know about Cyprus is that the locals ran a successful guerilla war against British rule in the 1950s. Against that background, the movie sets up a tangle of love and conflicting loyalties for a British officer and a beautiful Cypriot-American visitor, which generates plenty of action, suspense and tough moral choices. The characters are portrayed with refreshing realism - a few four and seven letter words pepper the script along with references to rape, divorce, alcoholism and extra-marital sex, which would have been fairly shocking for the era and probably even when the movie was made in the 1960s.

Despite a few improbable aspects of the plot (eg the officer lives in an unguarded apartment in town where his security is always at risk), the overall result is a convincingly bold, brassy, in-your-face portrayal of life and love in the middle of a dirty war - and a moderately good thriller into the bargain.


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