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Yanks (1979)

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Colin Welland (story), Colin Welland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Matt Dyson
Lisa Eichhorn ... Jean Moreton
Vanessa Redgrave ... Helen
William Devane ... John
Chick Vennera ... Danny Ruffelo
Wendy Morgan ... Mollie
Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Clarrie Moreton
Tony Melody ... Mr. Jim Moreton
Martin Smith Martin Smith ... Geoff
Philip Wileman Philip Wileman ... Billy (as Philip Whileman)
Derek Thompson ... Ken
Simon Harrison Simon Harrison ... Tim
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Moody
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Henry
Annie Ross ... Red Cross Lady
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Storyline

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls, some whose boyfriends are also away for the war. One Yank/Brit relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen does whatever she needs to support the war effort. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times. Another relationship develops between one of John's charges, Matt, a talented mess hall cook, and Jean. Jean is apprehensive at first about even seeing Matt, who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Jean is in a committed relationship with the kind Ken, her childhood sweetheart who is also away at war. But Jean is attracted to the respect with which Matt treats her. Despite Ken ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love during wartime. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | West Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,931,010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CIP Filmproduktion GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeff Bridges declined the role that went to Richard Gere. See more »

Goofs

The film is set during WW2, but throughout the very first scene we see modern 1970s road markings. See more »

Quotes

Mollie: Excuse me, please. I'm pregnant!
Woman on train platform: So's half the bloody town, love!
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Crazy Credits

The names in the opening credits are divided into two categories: The Americans and The British. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sneak Previews: Head Over Heels, Running (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Rabbit, Run
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Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
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Tony Melody
20 October 2008 | by ALANDONNELLY-1See all my reviews

Was sad to see the passing of Tony Melody this summer. He was such a good yet under sung character actor. His performance in Yanks was excellent and the mischievous smile he cracked when he said there would be 'no danger' of the bottle of whisky remaining unopened was brilliant as oppose to his wife's refusal to eat the cake that Geres character had prepared.

I wonder if the picture of his character he showed Gere when he was talking about his war service was actually his real father as he had served in the Guards during the first world war - just a thought.

Lisa Eichorn had me fooled for many a year - that Lancashire accent is spot on.


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