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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

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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It was a time of courage and honor - of passion and sacrifice. This is the story of two people swept up in that time - who met - and fell in love. 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

In the movie, Lesley-Anne Down rushed out of a Piccadilly line tube station called "Hanover Street". In real life there was no such "Hanover Street Station", at least at the time the movie was set. The nearest train station to Hanover Street today is the "Oxford Circus Tube". See more »

Goofs

When the motorcycle crashes and explodes, there are two explosions - one some distance from the crash site. See more »

Quotes

David Halloran: What about you?
Margaret Sellinger: What about, what about me?
David Halloran: Who are you? What are you?
Margaret Sellinger: I'm a short man.
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Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.28 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
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Traditional
Arranged by John Barry
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More of a Love Story than a war movie
30 August 2005 | by colin-barronSee all my reviews

One of my female friends once told she hated "Memphis Belle but she liked this film. It is not hard to see why. It is more of a Barbara Cartland style romance than an action adventure movie.

One interesting point is that former RAF /USAAF airfield at Bovingdon was used for filming. It was previously used as the location for a number of air movies such as "633 Squadron","Mosquito Squadron" and "The War Lover". By the time "Hanover Street" started filming in 1978 it was disused and derelict so the aircraft were only filmed with very long lenses to avoid showing the background clearly.

The film suffers from too many historical and technical errors to be taken seriously by WW2 buffs. For example there is a discussion about "light " and "heavy flak" which makes it clear that writer/director Peter Hyams thinks these terms refer to the number of guns employed whereas in fact they refer to the calibre of the weapons. For example a target defended by 100 x 20 mm guns is defended by "light" flak while a target defended by a single 88mm gun is defended by "heavy" flak.

There is also a scene where the two heroes are pursued by a Hetzer tank destroyer,a vehicle whose only role is the destruction of enemy armour and would be singularly unsuited to the task of pursuing enemy agents.

On the credit side John Barry delivers his usual excellent score.


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