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 »
I like many things about this movie. First, the story. Although it certainly has flaws, it is very interesting. All the time I was watching the movie I was trying to decide if the British and the Cyprus people were portrayed objectively or not. With the exception of few scenes (boys with a knife in the beginning and the character of Hagios) I think they are. For most of the movie Bogarde is not a nice guy at all. This only goes to show the wide variety of roles he embodied.
And I must say that I don't understand other people's negative comments about Susan Strasberg, I think she was great here. And most of all, she was gorgeous, in a natural way.
If only the plot was relieved from a few clumsy turns, it could have been a great movie...
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