During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, ...
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A young man joins the Marines during WWII but fails to meet qualifications so is washed out and sent home in a light blue uniform which apparently indicates his status. He meets a real war ... See full summary »
During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls, some whose boyfriends are also away for the war. One Yank/Brit relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen does whatever she needs to support the war effort. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times. Another relationship develops between one of John's charges, Matt, a talented mess hall cook, and Jean. Jean is apprehensive at first about even seeing Matt, who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Jean is in a committed relationship with the kind Ken, her childhood sweetheart who is also away at war. But Jean is attracted to the respect with which Matt treats her. Despite Ken ... Written by
This movie's storyline does partially capture the experiences of young English boys during the Second World War, a theme that would be elaborated further eight years later in John Boorman's Hope and Glory (1987). See more »
When Helen plays the slot machine in the Officer's Club, in Ireland, there are some "Roosevelt dimes" in her payout. The scene is 1943-44, and the first Roosevelt dime wasn't minted until after the war, in 1946. See more »
[naked in an uncovered exterior shower, watching the Red Cross trucks pass]
That's the Red Cross...they only do it for officers.
If you don't put your uniform on, they'll never tell the difference.
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The names in the opening credits are divided into two categories: The Americans and The British. See more »
Made in 1979, YANKS is a throwback to the love stories of the 1940s. Directed by John Schlesinger, YANKS is a timeless tale of war-time romances. Starring Richard Gere as Matt, a U.S. Army Sargent, looking for a friend and finding true-love with the threat of the invasion of Europe looming ahead. Gere is in his prime element here, a hero's hero. A rugged, yet gentle soul, seeking his place in life. It stands out as one of his most outstanding screen performances. Lisa Eichhorn as his love interest, plays it low-key, catching the innocence of the 1940s. An out-standing supporting cast by William DeVane, Vanessa Redgrave, Chick Vennera, and Rachel Roberts, makes YANKS a must-see film. Outstanding!
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