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Yanks (1979)

R | | Drama, War | 2 November 1979 (UK)
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

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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

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,931,010
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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

Olivia Newton-John was interviewed for a key role. See more »

Goofs

Matt and Danny are U.S, Army cooks, hence non-combatants. They are shown undergoing training with fake landing craft for D-Day. As cooks, they would be in the rear and would certainly not land on the beach with infantrymen under fire. 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

References Song of the Islands (1942) See more »

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After the Ball
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Written by Charles Harris
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Exceptional wartime romance
12 October 2004 | by manderson1857See all my reviews

Those of us who have seen some of the more recent wartime romance movies (e.g., Pearl Harbor) will be eternally grateful for this well-done picture with its ensemble cast. I liked it so much that I bought a copy on DVD.

This was the first time that I had seen William Devane and Lisa Eichorn in a movie, and I believe their performances were excellent. When William Devane, as the Captain, busts the NCOs for their conduct, it was the height of wartime realism at a human level.

I loved the little nuances ... the mother wrapping the string around her hand after she receives the gift of a cake from Richard Gere ... the little boy and the bicycle ... the steam rising up around the train at the end ... excellent touches ...


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