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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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Cast

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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
Martin Smith ...
Geoff
Philip Wileman ...
Billy (as Philip Whileman)
Derek Thompson ...
Ken
Simon Harrison ...
Tim
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Mrs. Moody
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Henry
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Red Cross Lady
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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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Also Known As:

Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde  »

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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "From early 1942 until the invasion of Europe over a million Americans landed in Britain. They came to serve on other battle fronts or to man the vast U.S. Bases in England. Hardly a city, town or village remained untouched." See more »

Goofs

The film is set during WW2, but throughout the very first scene we see modern 1970s road markings. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

An English Suite - Prelude
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Written by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Played at an orchestra rehearsal
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YANKS is Richard Gere
29 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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