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Jean Moreton
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Helen
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John
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Danny Ruffelo
Wendy Morgan ...
Mollie
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Mrs. Clarrie Moreton
Tony Melody ...
Mr. Jim Moreton
Martin Smith ...
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Philip Whileman ...
Billy
Derek Thompson ...
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Mrs. Moody
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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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Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde  »

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Apart from showing military training of the American GIs in England, no actual battle or combat scenes are seen in this war movie making it essentially a home front war film. See more »

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) See more »

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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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Very good entertaining movie
21 June 2005 | by (St Louis, Missouri, United States) – See all my reviews

Lisa Eichhorn had me fooled completely with that real hard to duplicate, Northern English accent,and mannerisms.I was absolutely shocked to find out she was an American. I am English. I have never been fooled before, or since. That was a remarkable performance. Movie was entertaining, and being British I can say very realistic. The scenery was stunning and typical of North England. Bleak and impoverished compared to the south. Movie had a lot of comical,tender,tough,and engaging moments. I can remember watching the movie for the first time many years ago,and thinking about it for days afterward. I recently found the movie at a mass discount retailer,and wanted it for my home collection. The movie had a climatic ending, and the million dollar question is did Matt ever come back for Jean?


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