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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 ...
Soldier in Barn
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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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The Volkswagen Kübelwagen the Oberst was driven to headquarters had license plates marked WH or Wehrmacht Heer for ground forces. As an SS vehicle carrying an Oberst (Colonel); it would not have WH but the distinctive runes of the SS. See more »

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David Halloran: You've got to go to him, and I've got to turn and walk away.
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Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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a war movie, with a love story about two different kinds of men
26 April 2006 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

While the story is set in the context of world war 2, what it's really about is the difference between men who are now called 'alpha' and 'beta.' One is a brash, self-confident, risk-taking narcissist; the other is a high-achieving, highly educated, planner. Women often wish to marry the latter, and make love with the former. Ms. Down faces this issue.

Overall, an excellent discussion, and depiction, of this particular kind of dilemma.

The movie begins in London, with the American pilot (alpha) and the British nurse conning each other, trying to fake each other out for a place on a bus. This game is interrupted by v-2 rocket bombing, and a real, and intense, emotional bonding. Much later, the nurse's husband (beta) is introduced, and we discover he is a high-ranking official with the British military. The story develops from there, with a somewhat improbable pairing, and a spy mission. It is suspenseful, but is really a romantic drama.


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