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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.

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Peter Hyams

Writer:

Peter Hyams

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Cast

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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 September 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerre et passion See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although having been acting on film for more than a decade, Harrison Ford has his first on-screen kiss with Lesley-Anne Down. See more »

Goofs

Double yellow lines visible at various times during vehicle chase scenes (in Woodstock) nearing the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

David Halloran: I just wish your eyes weren't that color.
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Connections

Referenced in Patriot Games (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
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Written by Joseph Winner
Arranged by John Barry
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Gorgeous Score - Total Chick Film - w/ Spy Mission Thrown In
10 February 2008 | by MRavenwoodSee all my reviews

This film has many great elements, but the whole things fails primarily due to overwrought dialogue that is very soap operatic with words put in character's mouths that mostly teenage girls would think of. Without John Barry's romantic score, this film would be pathetic, leaning towards hilarious.

In any film, when two characters meet and fall in love there is a certain amount of time and shared experiences that pass in the story before the love between them is credible. In this film, the love is instant, deeply romantic -- yet torrid, and lasting. Completely impossible! Having said all that, the film still provides some great military movie sequences. There are some funny bits with Halloran and his co-pilot Cimino mouthing off during their missions and briefings. And a whole military caper pulled off by Halloran (Ford) and Mr. Sallinger (Plummer) which is both exciting and easy to follow.

After a while, one realizes that Margaret Sallinger, (Down) never speaks her lines, she whispers them in a plaintive, teary voice, always on the verge of boo-hoo. This becomes grating after a while. Further, it makes the audience wonder what Halloran sees in her.

Well, the answer to what the attraction is never comes, but the noble dialogue at the end is a struggle to listen to and is a riff on the immortal Casablanca "Hill of beans/Here's lookin' at you" farewell between Rick and Ilsa. It is well that this Hanover Street high-road sign-off sequence comes last as it is the most indulgent in melodrama. Still, Ford and Plummer work so effectively to make this movie almost passable that you really have to give them credit for their commitment to their characters.


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