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.
Drama , Romance
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Universal Pictures

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Richard Gere
as Matt Dyson
Lisa Eichhorn
as Jean Moreton
Wendy Morgan
as Mollie
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
Ray Hassett
as Pilot
Weston Gavin
as Officer at Airfield
Paula Tilbrook
as Neighbour
Paul Luty
as Ted the Publican
Harriet Harrison
as Helen's daughter
Caroline Blakiston
as Golfing Friend
Donald Pickering
as Golfing Friend
Lynn Carol
as Annie
Pearl Hackney
as Aunt Maud
Patrick Durkin
as Master of Ceremonies
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
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Shenton
Joe Gladwin
as Plumber at Camp
David Miller
as Bereaved Father
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Critic Reviews for Yanks

All Critics (7)

Big looking, expensive, production starring Richard Gere is hardly worth it.

November 1, 2008

A great period film, full of authenticity. A fine early performance by Gere.

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Finely made John Schlesinger film is worth another look.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Yanks charts the difficulties of wartime love affairs.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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September 2, 2005
Boulder Weekly

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June 25, 2005

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

Super Reviewer

This is one of Gere's best. A must see for all fans. Gere is superb with a great supporting cast. The story is set in WWI just before D-Day where Gere falls in love but can't commit for fear of not coming back. This one will tear at your heart strings. Watch on a rainy day and just let it take you back in time to feel what it must have been like with all the fears and uncertainties.

Terry C
Terry C

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