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Hanover Street (1979)

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writer:

Peter Hyams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... David Halloran
Lesley-Anne Down ... Margaret Sellinger
Christopher Plummer ... Paul Sellinger
Alec McCowen ... Major Trumbo
Richard Masur ... 2nd Lieut. Jerry Cimino
Michael Sacks ... 2nd Lieut. Martin Hyer
Patsy Kensit ... Sarah Sellinger
Max Wall ... Harry Pike
Shane Rimmer ... Col. Ronald Bart
Keith Buckley ... Lieut. Wells
Sherrie Hewson ... Phyllis
Cindy O'Callaghan Cindy O'Callaghan ... Paula
Di Trevis Di Trevis ... Elizabeth
Suzanne Bertish ... The French Girl
Keith Alexander ... Soldier in Barn
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Storyline

During the Second World War, an American Pilot stationed in England meets a young British nurse during an air raid on London. The two instantly fall in love, despite the fact that the young Nurse is already married; a secret she keeps hidden from her American lover. After being shot down behind enemy lines, while being assigned to ferry a British agent into France, the American pilot realizes that his secret agent cargo is in fact his lover's husband, and that the two must now work together in order to survive. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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London 1943. It was a time of courage and honour . . . of passion and sacrifice. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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As the posh, sweet daughter Sarah Sellinger, young Patsy Kensit seems the model of good breeding and domesticity. However, within less than a decade her saucy good looks and free-wheeling "rock chick" lifestyle would become front-page fodder for Britain's tabloids, including coverage of her short-lived marriages to Dan Donovan (Big Audio Dynamite), Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), and Liam Gallagher (Oasis). Her real-life father "Jimmy the Dip" Kensit was a London underworld figure of the 1950s-1960s, reputedly associated with the notorious Kray twins and Richardson gang. See more »

Goofs

No one mentions why the B-25 piloted by David Halloran (Harrison Ford) is named 'Gorgeous George Ann'. Typically the airplane's commanding officer (here, 1st-Lt Halloran) had major input into the crew's choice of the airplane's name; and this might imply that Halloran might have had a girlfriend called George-Ann in the 'States (or even in England!). See more »

Quotes

David Halloran: Nobody's supposed to look like that in a uniform.
Margaret Sellinger: How am I supposed to look?
David Halloran: Like a short man.
Margaret Sellinger: You're boiled water's getting cold.
David Halloran: Then, let's order some more. Please.
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Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Watch this movie and avoid something like Pearl Harbor
12 December 2005 | by sgspiresSee all my reviews

"Hanover Street" is the kind of movie people like to pick apart because the SS Sgt. didn't render the proper Hitler salute or the uniforms were wrong or because the B-25 wasn't flown over Europe but mostly in North Africa. Well, I imagine the B-25 sets were left over from Catch 22, which used B-25s, and there was a shortage of SS uniforms at Elstree Studios when this movie was filmed. It doesn't really detract from the film. These are bits of entertainment -- not a masters level thesis. I have to say this is an "adult" movie that probably wouldn't be made today. If filmed today (late 2005), then there'd be a lot more emphasis on wise-ass remarks to the commanding officer and silly, stilted lines like "If I lost you then I'd just die ... oh I'd just die." Pretty much along the lines of 2001's awful Pearl Harbor. The love story is really more about honor and sacrifice than love, and reflects closely wartime England when many single, and probably married, English women dashed off with "heroic" Yanks -- which gave way to the British saying about Americans: "Over paid, over sexed and, bloody well, over here." There's a lot of action in this movie and a lot of tension that builds up at the right moments. Is it a big, blockbuster movie like "Raiders of The Lost Ark?" No, but it's got a good script, the cinema-photography is outstanding and the score is perfect. Aside from Catch 22, there's not a lot of places you can see REAL B-25s lining up for takeoff in a film (sorry, again the Pearl Harbor CGI doesn't cut it for me) and the fear-laced banter between Ford's bomber crew seems closer to the real thing than the heroic bull from other movies. If there's a gripe I've got about this film it's Ford's haircut. You can see a lot of detail and expense in the Hanover Street set, the Blitz and even the airfield. Everybody looks up to 1940s standards and the set has that smoke-filled, perpetual autumn look that seems to be what people associate with early color films from the World War II era. However, Ford's 1978 shag kind of ruins the mood. Maybe he couldn't cut his hair because "Empire Strikes Back" was due to start lensing soon after "Hanover Street" went into post production ... who knows, but it detracts from the detail paid to the extras and the set. Still, "Hanover Street" is a good film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 September 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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