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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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Also Known As:

Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde  »

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Trivia

The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny: [naked in an uncovered exterior shower, watching the Red Cross trucks pass] That's the Red Cross...they only do it for officers.
Matt: If you don't put your uniform on, they'll never tell the difference.
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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 BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Hokey Cokey
(uncredited)
Commonly regarded as traditional, but also attributed to Jimmy Kennedy
[Heard at the New Year's Eve dance]
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loved the movie
19 November 2005 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

My children were just babies when I saw this movie at the theater in 1979. I really loved it and have all these years. I guess the romance and the finality of goodbyes, not knowing what could happen made it all the more intense. The racism scene was hard to watch, very hard. I am sure things like that went on though. It is a treasure in my huge movie collection. I hope someday to visit England and be able to see some of the towns that were in this movie.Richard Gere is a wonderful Actor and this was the very first time I had heard about him or had ever seen him in a movie.He brought a realism to this part, he was a perfect guy to play an American soldier! Talking about it has made me want to look at it tonight!!


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