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McGuire, Go Home! (1965)

The High Bright Sun (original title)
During Cyprus' war of independence against Britain, Juno, an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides.



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Cast overview:
Maj. McGuire
Juno Kozani
Lt. Charlie Baker
Gen. Stavros Skyros
Colin Campbell ...
Emile Andros
Joseph Fürst ...
Dr. Andros
Katherine Kath ...
Mrs. Andros
George Pastell ...
Lt. Col. N. Park


In 1957, Cyprus is fighting a war of independence against the occupying British forces.Juno, an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides.Juno witnesses an attack by local guerrillas against British soldiers and she is questioned by Major McGuire, the local British Army intelligence officer in charge.Juno's knowledge of the attack places her in danger because Haghios, one of the local guerrilla fighters, plans to kill her in order to silence the witness.However, Haghios is attracted to Juno and resents Juno's romantic interest in British Intelligence Major McGuire.The more Juno's romantic relationship with Major McGuire grows the more Haghios wants to kill her.Juno's life depends on Major McGuire's vigilance who needs to protect his witness by all means. Written by nufs68

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


Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

7 May 1965 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Date with Death  »

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£9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Major Maguire wears ribbons for the following medals - Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Korea Medal, and United Nations Service Medal for Korea. Lieutenant-Colonel Park wears ribbons for the following medals - Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, and Korea Medal (and perhaps one other). See more »


The story takes place in 1957, but all of Susan Strasberg's hair styles and clothes are strictly 1964. See more »

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THE HIGH BRIGHT SUN (Ralph Thomas, 1964) ***
14 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Though glossy and peopled with stars (Dirk Bogarde, Susan Strasberg and George Chakiris), this is a surprisingly compelling – if obviously biased – film about the 1950s British 'invasion' of Cyprus. Truth be told, the first half is pretty much run-of-the-mill stuff, but the latter stages – involving the various assassination attempts on Strasberg's life (a naturalized American local who, having accidentally stumbled upon a secret meeting at which the leaders of the Resistance were present, is feared to have revealed all to enemy official Bogarde, whom she has befriended and subsequently romances) – generate considerable suspense and excitement. The first plot has her being ambushed in the countryside, though the son of the eminent doctor (an old family friend) she was lodging with alerts her to this and even defends her with his life; later, she and Bogarde are besieged inside his flat; finally, the impulsive Chakiris opts to deal with the matter personally and boards the plane which is supposed to take the heroine to safety in Athens (where, however, both the flamboyant Denholm Elliott and the enigmatic George Pastell vigil over her). While Bogarde isn't particularly taxed by his stiff-upper-lipped serviceman role, Strasberg comes off quite well as the confused but resilient girl – the unwitting pawn of a dangerous political game. Also notable is the unusual score, at once exotic and moody, curiously supplied by an Italian (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino).

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