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, ...
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Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can... See full summary »
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
US actress Lisa Eichhorn, who studied in Oxford and trained in London, got her lead role after deceiving John Schlesinger about her nationality: "I've never lied about anything like that. I said I was British, and there was a pause, and then I said, well, half British... my mother was an American or some such thing, so that if he detected a tiny American accent there would be an explanation for it." See more »
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 »
[naked in an uncovered exterior shower, watching the Red Cross trucks pass]
That's the Red Cross...they only do it for officers.
If you don't put your uniform on, they'll never tell the difference.
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The names in the opening credits are divided into two categories: The Americans and The British. See more »
The film works for me because it concentrates on the three relationships and lets the war get on with itself. It was written from a British viewpoint and reflects the experiences of many people in war-torn Britain who came in to contact with American servicemen. The impact of the arrival of so many hearty, healthy and relatively wealthy young men was massive. The film struck a chord with many people in the UK, both of my parent's generation - who lived through the war, and my generation - who had heard all about it. The fact that the film was set in the north of England accentuated the gulf which existed in our common language. Many a GI must have been baffled by our slang. The three relationships in the film worked quite well because each one was different. How many times must these events have happened for real? The film isn't as good as THE WAY TO THE STARS of 1945, but it did recreate the war-time atmosphere quite well and evokes a period of history which is still vivid in the minds of many who lived near US bases in the UK in WW2.
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