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Yanks (1979)

R | | Drama, War | 14 September 1979 (UK)
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, ... See full summary »

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Jean Moreton
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Helen
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John
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Danny Ruffelo
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Mollie
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Mrs. Clarrie Moreton
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Mr. Jim Moreton
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Billy (as Philip Whileman)
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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 Huggo

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Love during wartime.

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Drama | War

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Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mollie: Excuse me, please. I'm pregnant!
Woman on train platform: So's half the bloody town, love!
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Crazy Credits

The names in the opening credits are divided into two categories: The Americans and The British. See more »

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Referenced in American Masters: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Love and War In The North Of England
22 March 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

John Schlesinger returns to the land of his early, wonderful "A Kind Of Loving" and "Billy Liar" for a cross-cultural love story with a critical but undoubtedly affectionate eye. Richard Gere, pre-"American Gigolo" is terrific as Matt, the cook who falls for Jean, the local English rose played beautifully by the splendid American actress, Lisa Eichhorn. The Americans posted in the North of England felt truly abroad, they could hardly understand the lingo. For the locals it was a different story, they understood the American GI's because after all, they spoke like Gary Cooper. The elders look at the abrasive newcomers with politeness but also with a tinge of suspicion. There was a catch phrase at the time to describe the American troops: "They're overpaid, oversexed and over here" The cultural differences go beyond language and in a masterful writing stroke tells us why. Richard Gere tells Lisa Eichhorn about his dreams for the future - building a chain of Motels across America - while her British boyfriend dreams of getting married and building their home above his parents shop. Lisa Eichhorn's Jane is the perfect "man in the middle" attached to her parents (the wonderful Rachel Roberts and Tony Melody)world, and at the same time, she is fascinated by Richard Gere's look at the American dream - the "everything is possible" mentality. The film is a gem. Unfairly overlooked in its day but now on its 30th anniversary risks to be rediscovered and and re-evaluated. It certainly deserves another life.


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