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Yanks
USA 1979
Directed by John Schlesinger
Running time 139 minutes

2 stars


Ambitious, well-meant but uninspired WW2 love story about Americans billeted in the UK. There's a double romantic bill of a young couple, Richard Gere and Lisa Eichorn (this is the only film I can recall her in) and a mature couple, played by Jack Nicholson look-alike Willian Devane (in what must have been his biggest role) and David Bowie look-alike Vanessa Redgrave, neither of which push the themometer above luke-warm and whole shebang is drowned in carefully-composed period style labouriously contrasting the drably proper English and the iconoclastic Yanks. An atypical misfire from a usually reliable director. BH

 

 

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