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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 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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Not a war film, but a great film about war.
17 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Foreign Field" is an odd film in many ways. It is a film about war, but not a war film. It has a touching, brilliant performance by Sir Alec Guiness, but nearly a silent one. It has a cast of stars, solid actors all, but not a bit of glamor. It is the story of elderly veterans returning to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. It is told with humor and pathos, with wit, subtlety and with an unsparing and unsentimental eye for the flaws of real human beings. There is a bit of a twist ending, but neither shocking nor entirely unguessable. My father, a veteran of many invasions, cried when he saw it. That is a greater tribute to this film than anything I can say about it.


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