Screen One: Season 5, Episode 2

A Foreign Field (10 Sep. 1993)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Veterans return to Normandie 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 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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When Amos is playing harmonica on his hotel bed, the singer performing on the silent TV is Sinéad O'Connor. See more »

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Funny, moving, and brilliant
26 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The setting is Normandy, where a group of D-Day veterans, two British and one American, are returning for the 50th anniversary of the invasion. This is a movie for anyone who loves to watch great acting, with an all-star cast playing seemingly ordinary people, each with his or her own extraordinary spark. The late, great Sir Alec Guiness, whose career was made largely on his impeccable gift of speech, here plays a man practically mute. Leo McKern, of "Rumpole" fame, incarnates a crusty old Brit with his inimitable sparkle and complexity. Lauren Bacall plays her part with understated grace, her aged but still vivid beauty enhancing the enigma of her presence in this group--a little mystery that is revealed in the poignant final scene. Jeanne Moreau plays an elderly floozy whose wartime favours still bulk understandably large in the fond memories of these old men. The high point of film for me was her singing of "La Vie en Rose" in the middle of a crowded restaurant--unforgettable!

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