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Yanks (1979)



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In this drama, sleepy English village life is interrupted when a group of young American soldiers are stationed nearby during WWII. With all of the able British men off fighting the war, the lonely women develop a variety of relationships with the young American men.

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Richard Gere
as Matt Dyson
Lisa Eichhorn
as Jean Moreton
Rachel Roberts
as Mrs. Moreton
Tony Melody
as Mr. Moreton
Joan Hickson
as Barmaid
Annie Ross
as Red Cross Lady
Tom Nolan
as Tom G.I. Drummer
John Ratzenberger
as Corporal Cook
Jeremy Newson
as Mechanic
Harry Ditson
as Officer in Stores
John Cassidy
as G.I. at Cinema
Antony Sher
as G.I. at Cinema
George Harris
as Black Driver
David Baxt
as G.I. in hospital
Everett McGill
as White G.I. at Dance
Al Matthews
as Black G.I. at Dance
Eugene Lipinski
as Barman in Ireland
Paula Tilbrook
as Neighbour
Weston Gavin
as Officer at Airfield
Paul Luty
as Ted the Publican
David Miller
as Bereaved Father
Harriet Harrison
as Helen's daughter
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Shenton
Caroline Blakiston
as Golfing Friend
Donald Pickering
as Golfing Friend
Patrick Durkin
as Master of Ceremonies
Pearl Hackney
as Aunt Maud
Joe Gladwin
as Plumber at Camp
Nat Jackley
as Postman
Margaret Lacey
as Woman at Hotel
Rachel Davies
as Girl in Club
Stephen Whittaker
as Merchant Seaman
Janet Dale
as Girl with Baby
Juney Ellis
as Mrs. Shenton
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Critic Reviews for Yanks

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Yanks remains an unusually appealing and ingratiating movie.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It's soft, sort of spongy and so bland that you may well remember the scenery better than anything that happens in front of it.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Director John Schlesinger has done a beautiful job with both cast and craft in Yanks, a multiple love story set in England in World War II. Yet little that's exciting ever happens in the picture.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Yanks is so much better than I expected that I hope I don't overrate it.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Good cast, scrupulous period reconstruction, and sentimentality; but it doesn't do much to redeem Schlesinger from the 'less-than-meets-the-eye' category.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Yanks has a richness to it in both its technical and its human elements. Many of the episodes shine with emotional clarity and understanding, and they all reflect the sheen of Schlesinger's craft.

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Audience Reviews for Yanks

Three American servicemen stationed in Britain carry on relationships with British women. Essentially a melodrama, Yanks is unique only in its direction by John Schlesinger who follows his Sunday Bloody Sunday vein and focuses on a finely drawn character study. However, like Sunday Bloody Sunday too little happens and, unique to Yanks, the characters don't rise above stereotypes. One American is a womanizer, another a stern administrator, and the third a milquetoast romantic. Lisa Eichhorn plays torn loyalties well, but the rest of the performances are not exceptionally noteworthy. Overall, there isn't much to like about Yanks, a film that takes no risks with characters that have little charisma.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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