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Veterans return to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day for their own special and poignant reasons, among them two looking for an old love who turns out to the same woman for both.


Charles Sturridge


Roy Clarke (screenplay), Roy Clarke

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... Amos
Leo McKern ... Cyril
Edward Herrmann ... Ralph
John Randolph ... Waldo
Geraldine Chaplin ... Beverly
Lauren Bacall ... Lisa
Dorothy Grumbar Dorothy Grumbar ... Matron
Jeanne Moreau ... Angelique
Michelle Gheleyns-Hue Michelle Gheleyns-Hue ... Shopkeeper
Cateline Alteirac Cateline Alteirac ... Sales Assistant


Amos and Cyril are a pair of British veterans from WWII, going back to Normandy 50 years after D-Day to visit an old buddy's grave. There, they run into Waldo, an American WWII vet. And both Waldo and Cyril run into a French woman they were both enamored of in their soldiering days and begin squabbling over her. Waldo's son and daughter-in-law are putting up with him and each other. And the entire group meet up with a woman who has come to visit the grave of her brother. Together, they form an odd camaraderie, bound by the past as they share their memories Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

10 September 1993 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calvados, France

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on June 6, 1994. See more »

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From tears of hilarity to tears of pathos
17 September 1999 | by PaulustriousSee all my reviews

A truly beautiful little film. The acting is English, restrained and pure character. It starts as a comedy with delightful badinage between the American and English World War II vets. The dialog is sharp, incisive. You think this will be just another clever amusing story. Then, in the second half, we are catapulted into one of the saddest stories as the details of their pasts and the tragedies of war are gently revealed.

Do not expect guns, bodies and fights - but do expect tears. This film has remained etched in my memory for years.

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