In 1957, Cyprus is fighting a war of independence against the occupying British forces. Juno Kozani (Susan Strasberg), an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides. Juno witnesses an attack by local guerrillas against British soldiers, and she is questioned by Major McGuire (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the local British Army intelligence officer in charge. Juno's knowledge of the attack places her in danger because Haghios (George Chakiris), one of the local guerrilla fighters, plans to kill her in order to silence her. However, Haghios is attracted to her and resents Juno's romantic interest in Major McGuire.The more Juno's romantic relationship with Major McGuire grows, the more Haghios wants to kill her. Juno's life depends on Major McGuire's vigilance to protect her by all means.Written by
Major McGuire (Sir Dirk Bogarde) wore ribbons for the following medals: Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Korea Medal, and United Nations Service Medal for Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Park (Nigel Stock) wore ribbons for the following medals: Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, and Korea Medal (and perhaps one other). See more »
The story takes place in 1957, but all of Susan Strasberg's hair styles and clothes are strictly 1964. See more »
Rare excursion into the end of Empire
Possibly the only film set during the Cyprus troubles of the 1950s. Despite the wooden acting of the female star I found this an interesting exploration of the subject. Unfortunately, the political side is not clarified. This was not a simple struggle by "restistance" against "military rule". The main protagonist was the EOKA organisation which, plainly put, wanted "Enosis" or union with Greece. Needless to say the Turkish Cypriots were none too keen on this and seemed more pro the British Administration. EOKA's military leader was a Greek army officer, General Grivas - to whom the guerrilla chief in the film bears a striking resemblance. Echoes of this era linger today with the division of the island between Greek and Turk Cypriot inhabitants.
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