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Hanover Street (1979)

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Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

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Margaret Sellinger
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Paul Sellinger
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Maj. Trumbo
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2nd Lieut. Jerry Cimino
Michael Sacks ...
2nd Lieut. Martin Hyer
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Sarah Sellinger
Max Wall ...
Harry Pike
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Col. Ronald Bart
Keith Buckley ...
Lieut. Wells
Sherrie Hewson ...
Phyllis
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Paula
Di Trevis ...
Elizabeth
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The French Girl
Keith Alexander ...
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During the Second World War, an American Pilot stationed in England meets a young British nurse during an air raid on London. The two instantly fall in love, despite the fact that the young Nurse is already married; a secret she keeps hidden from her American lover. After being shot down behind enemy lines, while being assigned to ferry a British agent into France, the American pilot realizes that his secret agent cargo is in fact his lover's husband, and that the two must now work together in order to survive. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The fateful entanglements of two men in love with the same woman.


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In the end credits, it is listed that Harry Rabinowitz conducted John Barry's score. The reason for this is because at the time of the recording, Barry was living in America, and was not able to fly to England to conduct the score, where it was recorded for financial reasons. So what is mostly heard in the film is Barry's score as it was originally written, because Rabinowitz did not want to touch Barry's score, and Barry couldn't provide any rewrites. Another problem arose with this situation, because Peter Hyams, the writer and director, did want rewrites for the last half-hour of the film. Arrangements were made, and, with the exception of one cue heard during the scene with Christopher Plummer's and Harrison Ford's characters discussing Margaret in the top of the barn, new music was written for the scenes that happen in France. This was also the first time John Barry had a score recorded in CTS Studios' new location; The Music Centre in Wembley, England. All of his other scores recorded in CTS Studios were recorded at their previous location in Bayswater, London. See more »

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In the French Gestapo Headquarters, SS personnel are addressing each other using German Army titles. The SS used separate ranks than the Army which would always be used when addressing other SS members. See more »

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2nd Lt. Jerry Cimino: Someone forgot to tell the Germans we're only supposed to have light to moderate flak today.
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Watch this movie and avoid something like Pearl Harbor
12 December 2005 | by (Huntsville, Ala) – See all my reviews

"Hanover Street" is the kind of movie people like to pick apart because the SS Sgt. didn't render the proper Hitler salute or the uniforms were wrong or because the B-25 wasn't flown over Europe but mostly in North Africa. Well, I imagine the B-25 sets were left over from Catch 22, which used B-25s, and there was a shortage of SS uniforms at Elstree Studios when this movie was filmed. It doesn't really detract from the film. These are bits of entertainment -- not a masters level thesis. I have to say this is an "adult" movie that probably wouldn't be made today. If filmed today (late 2005), then there'd be a lot more emphasis on wise-ass remarks to the commanding officer and silly, stilted lines like "If I lost you then I'd just die ... oh I'd just die." Pretty much along the lines of 2001's awful Pearl Harbor. The love story is really more about honor and sacrifice than love, and reflects closely wartime England when many single, and probably married, English women dashed off with "heroic" Yanks -- which gave way to the British saying about Americans: "Over paid, over sexed and, bloody well, over here." There's a lot of action in this movie and a lot of tension that builds up at the right moments. Is it a big, blockbuster movie like "Raiders of The Lost Ark?" No, but it's got a good script, the cinema-photography is outstanding and the score is perfect. Aside from Catch 22, there's not a lot of places you can see REAL B-25s lining up for takeoff in a film (sorry, again the Pearl Harbor CGI doesn't cut it for me) and the fear-laced banter between Ford's bomber crew seems closer to the real thing than the heroic bull from other movies. If there's a gripe I've got about this film it's Ford's haircut. You can see a lot of detail and expense in the Hanover Street set, the Blitz and even the airfield. Everybody looks up to 1940s standards and the set has that smoke-filled, perpetual autumn look that seems to be what people associate with early color films from the World War II era. However, Ford's 1978 shag kind of ruins the mood. Maybe he couldn't cut his hair because "Empire Strikes Back" was due to start lensing soon after "Hanover Street" went into post production ... who knows, but it detracts from the detail paid to the extras and the set. Still, "Hanover Street" is a good film.


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