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Hanover Street (1979)

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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Major 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
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Lieut. Wells
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Phyllis
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Paula
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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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Two men sharing danger with a special kind of courage . . . And the woman who loves them both. See more »


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13 September 1979 (UK)  »

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Lesley-Anne Down replaced Sarah Miles who withdrew from the lead role of Margaret Sellinger. Geneviève Bujold was also cast as Margaret Sellinger before Down but Bujold left the film when Kris Kristofferson withdrew from the movie. See more »

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When making the first bomb run in the B-25, and the right engine was hit and "feathered", the aircraft remained in formation at the same speed. Loss of an engine makes this an impossibility due to the loss of thrust. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Sellinger: Are you alright? Are you hurt?
David Halloran: I was lost for awhile, but, I think I'm back now.
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.28 (2015) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Gorgeous Score - Total Chick Film - w/ Spy Mission Thrown In
10 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has many great elements, but the whole things fails primarily due to overwrought dialogue that is very soap operatic with words put in character's mouths that mostly teenage girls would think of. Without John Barry's romantic score, this film would be pathetic, leaning towards hilarious.

In any film, when two characters meet and fall in love there is a certain amount of time and shared experiences that pass in the story before the love between them is credible. In this film, the love is instant, deeply romantic -- yet torrid, and lasting. Completely impossible! Having said all that, the film still provides some great military movie sequences. There are some funny bits with Halloran and his co-pilot Cimino mouthing off during their missions and briefings. And a whole military caper pulled off by Halloran (Ford) and Mr. Sallinger (Plummer) which is both exciting and easy to follow.

After a while, one realizes that Margaret Sallinger, (Down) never speaks her lines, she whispers them in a plaintive, teary voice, always on the verge of boo-hoo. This becomes grating after a while. Further, it makes the audience wonder what Halloran sees in her.

Well, the answer to what the attraction is never comes, but the noble dialogue at the end is a struggle to listen to and is a riff on the immortal Casablanca "Hill of beans/Here's lookin' at you" farewell between Rick and Ilsa. It is well that this Hanover Street high-road sign-off sequence comes last as it is the most indulgent in melodrama. Still, Ford and Plummer work so effectively to make this movie almost passable that you really have to give them credit for their commitment to their characters.


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