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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.

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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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London 1943. It was a time of courage and honour . . . of passion and sacrifice. 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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The closing credits state that "the characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional." See more »

Goofs

The headquarters in Lyon is lit up at night with bright lights shining through its large windows. It would have had blackout curtains with no light showing through. Similarly, in the pursuit through the streets, isolated shops are seen to have their front windows lit up. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Sellinger: Mummy... when am I going to get breasts?
Margaret Sellinger: Next Tuesday. Why?
Sarah Sellinger: I don't know. Sometimes I think they look silly.
Margaret Sellinger: Well, they do look best with formal wear.
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Connections

References Sergeant York (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by John Barry
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a war movie, with a love story about two different kinds of men
26 April 2006 | by gaynor.wildSee all my reviews

While the story is set in the context of world war 2, what it's really about is the difference between men who are now called 'alpha' and 'beta.' One is a brash, self-confident, risk-taking narcissist; the other is a high-achieving, highly educated, planner. Women often wish to marry the latter, and make love with the former. Ms. Down faces this issue.

Overall, an excellent discussion, and depiction, of this particular kind of dilemma.

The movie begins in London, with the American pilot (alpha) and the British nurse conning each other, trying to fake each other out for a place on a bus. This game is interrupted by v-2 rocket bombing, and a real, and intense, emotional bonding. Much later, the nurse's husband (beta) is introduced, and we discover he is a high-ranking official with the British military. The story develops from there, with a somewhat improbable pairing, and a spy mission. It is suspenseful, but is really a romantic drama.


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