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Reunion at Fairborough (1985)

World War II vets travel to England for a reunion at their old base. Once there, one (Robert Mitchum) rekindles an old romance with an old flame (Deborah Kerr).

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Albert Ruben
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Carl Hostrup
Deborah Kerr ... Sally Wells Grant
Red Buttons ... Jiggs Quealy
Judi Trott Judi Trott ... Sheila
Barry Morse ... Nathan Barsky
Shane Rimmer ... Joe Szyluk
Don Fellows ... Duffy
Manning Redwood ... Col. Bigard
Ed Devereaux ... George Kloss
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Mrs. Bigard
Thomasine Heiner Thomasine Heiner
Bill Hutchinson Bill Hutchinson ... Retired Airman
John Alderson John Alderson
Peter Carlisle Peter Carlisle
Leo Kharibian Leo Kharibian
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Storyline

A despondent, lonely, and near-suicidal Chicago businessman and veteran WWII pilot is enticed to attend the 40th reunion of his old bombardment group in England. His recent professional and personal failures are briefly set aside as he and an unlikely companion travel to Fairborough and renew old memories. The romantic promise of rediscovered love is intruded upon by modern realities as the drama unfolds. Written by Mark Rice

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kohtauspaikka Fairborough See more »

Filming Locations:

Chobham, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum's fourth and final co-starring role with Deborah Kerr, though this was the first time he was billed above her. See more »

Soundtracks

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
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hymn tune: Lauda Anima
Words by Henry F. Lyte
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Excellent bitter-sweet romance
9 June 2014 | by mike_elstonSee all my reviews

I wasn't even aware of this 30-year-old US TV film from HBO until it was aired recently on the Movie Channel in the UK. I am so delighted to have discovered this bitter-sweet romance, it is an absolute gem.

It is a tale very well told, of renewed comradeship, of rediscovered romance, of tension and understanding between the generations. The emotions are real, the performances superb, especially Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, who bring a special something to this understated but well-nigh perfect script. The rest of the American and British cast are excellent too, but I thought the standout performance was that of Judi Trott as the idealistic teenage granddaughter.

This film satisfies on so many levels, and I shall be watching my recording of it again, I know. Highly recommended.


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