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A Foreign Field 

Veterans return to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day for their own special and poignant reasons, among them two looking for an old love who turns out to the same woman for both.

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Amos
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Cyril
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Waldo
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Amos and Cyril are a pair of British veterans from WWII, going back to Normandy 50 years after D-Day to visit an old buddy's grave. There, they run into Waldo, an American WWII vet. And both Waldo and Cyril run into a French woman they were both enamored of in their soldiering days and begin squabbling over her. Waldo's son and daughter-in-law are putting up with him and each other. And the entire group meet up with a woman who has come to visit the grave of her brother. Together, they form an odd camaraderie, bound by the past as they share their memories Written by Kathy Li

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veteran | grave | d day | french | memory | See All (124) »


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10 September 1993 (UK)  »

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Originally broadcast on BBC1 in the UK as part of their Screen One series. See more »

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A beautiful, gentle story of terrible times
9 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although made by the BBC, frustratingly this hasn't been released on DVD in the UK and strangely never repeated on the BBC. A story of ordinary veterans returning to the scene of extraordinary events that had a lasting effect on their lives. All seven leads play their roles fantastically well but undoubtedly the star is Alec Guinness with a six word performance that mesmerises. It is very British in it's restraint and of course excels at pathos. I'm not a crier but I find it hard not to let a tear or six escape while watching this. Never was a jam jar put to better use. Now for god's sake, BBC, release it on DVD in the UK!


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