One of the great romances


Am I alone in thinking this is one of the greatest romantic movies ever? I just love the ending where he turns and walks out of her life forever. So SAD!! Halloran has surely got to be one of the "heroes" of his time.

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I think you might actually be alone in thinking that.

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I am so with you on this one. Hanover Street is one of my all time favourite movies. It's got romance, action, humour and a nice score by John Barry! It's amazing if they like it or not, I know I do!

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I HAVENT SEEN IT

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i was just blown away that there weren't more posts here. to tell you the truth, i've never gotten through this movie. it has aired diffrent times for years, and i've never seen the whole thing. i thought it was a war movie, but by the looks here it seems to lean more towards "romance"...


i'm gonna get a fork lift,
gather darkness, troubles and all such bits,
drive down a mill,
and dump it in the deep blue sea,
trying to catch a spark of my youth,
staring at colors and a sky blue,
things of mine crash,
and turns into trash,
but i will get a fork lift,
gather the misfortune that hit,
and dump it in a deep sea,
clear the road,
may the asphalt hold,
i'm bringing a big load,
i'm taking this fork lift, and dropping this sh*t, in a mill far from my home.

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I didn't find the affair very captivating as not much time is spent developing their relationship. They meet and before you know it, they're in bed. Personally, I liked the husband and not much reason is given as to why she's having this affair in the first place, except that presumably this older spouse isn't exciting enough for her. I found the scenes with Ford & Plummer far more compelling than the love scenes. I think Leslie Anne Down is beautiful and loved her in Upstairs Downstairs but this isn't her movie. It's more about the men. So I don't think it's a great romance in the traditional sense of the word.

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Lesley Anne Down had her most passionate love scenes on screen with Patrick Swayze in "North & South".

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I didn't find the affair very captivating as not much time is spent developing their relationship.
Their relationship is easy. He's horny & she's beautiful, and she's dissatisfied with her marriage & he's cute & funny. No, really. That's all there is, at least at first.
They meet and before you know it, they're in bed.
Yeah. Great, isn't it?

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Yeah. Great, isn't it?

Oh man, too perfecr. Gotta do something in between all those tea sessions and
bombing runs. With that kind of juice flowing in your veins and brains....

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I agree. I love this movie. Always have every since I first saw it back in 1979! Harrison Ford is handsome. Could have chosen someone better to play his love interest. People who don't like this movie probably have no sense of romance.

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Sorry I think I have a great sense of romance, but this doesn't cut it. Am I the only one who has figured out that this is a very lame attempt to capture what worked in Casablanca? The noble sacrifice of two people who love each other. Among the many reasons it doesn't work is that Ford's character knows early on that she is married, but keeps going. Since this is a 70s movie they had action sequences that Casablanca didn't need, and none of them are exciting or even slightly tense. I like Lesley Anne Down, but her character is not sympathetic and the dialogue is so cliched as to be embarrassing. I felt sorry for both Ford and Down for having to say some of the lines they had. Casablanca let you fill in the blanks. This movie hits you over the head with the motivations with very poorly written lines. The only likable character is Plummer's. Ford trying to be noble at the end was completely unconvincing. Terrible writing again. Why would I ever want these two to get together when I felt no chemistry or reason for them to ever want each other. Am I supposed to pick them over a loving father and adoring daughter and rip up this marriage because Ford is supposedly dashing when in reality he comes off as selfish. He KNEW she was married right away and doesn't let it phase him. What a guy. Anyone who wants a real romantic movie has hundreds to pick from that are better than this. This is a classic case of miscast actors, terrible writing, lame action sequences, weak motivations, and overall a movie that plain doesn't work. A good idea poorly executed.

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It has a similar theme to Casablanca, but I think it's unfair to this film to compare it to one of the best movies ever made.
As a psychological drama, you might need to fill in some of the gaps. In particular, Down's character isn't fully explicated. But I think it's still a film worth saying. As others have said, what really makes the film work is the interaction between Ford and Plummer.
For fans of Ford and/or Plummer, I would say it's definitely worth seeing. It was a very early leading role for Ford, and he does a decent job with it.

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You got my vote! This is my favorite romantic love film of all time. I really believe the music may have something to do with it. John Williams score is outstanding! I'll send it to you if your interested.



Dave

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Being a fan of both Harrison Ford and Peter Hyams, as well as Christopher Plummer to some extent, I enjoyed the movie. The only problem I had with it was the affair angle between the characters that Ford and the ever lovely Lesley Anne Down played.

I've always had zero tolerance for those who commit adultry. Not only is it a mortal sin, a violation of the Ten Commandments, it is just not right, period.

Okay, I'll get off my soap box and cut to the chase, here. The movie would have been better if, say, that the Lesley Anne Down character had a twin sister, and that sister would be the one that Ford's character would become romantically involved with. Except for Ford's character realizing that the woman he is dating is the wife of Plummer's character, as well as the ending, the rest of the film would stay the same. At least that is how I would have written it.

Overall, despite that one element, the rest of the movie was enjoyable. Especially with Shane Rimmer, John Ratzenberger, William Hootkins, Eugene Lipinski, and various other familiar character actors co-starring in the production.

You certainly can't go wrong with a movie filmed entirely in England.

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I agree with you about adultery but remember when the film started they explained what type of world the movie was set in........bombs falling in the streets of England and a raging war going on. Still no excuse for that type of sin but people are human with these kinds of weakness. I did like the way it ended, Harrison knowing her husband was a fine man and gave up his love.

BTW I have seen that film many times and I do have it taped but I never get to see what scene John Ratzenberger was in? He must have had a very small part?

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I must say that twin sister idea of yours is just too ridiculous. I happen to think adultery tends to make good movie subject. While I don't have a moral high horse to sit on, I don't fall hard either. But really, aren't we supposed to show some understanding for those characters whose behavior you detest? There was a war and they never knew when a bullet or bomb would find them next. Human emotion and behavior are complex things even not under such circumstances. So why knock on these characters?

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John Ratzenberger was in Yanks, with Richard Gere. Same year, though, 1979. Now Yanks was excellent, I highly recommend it.

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I actually think that the movie could have been better. Try to tell the story to someone and you'll see the plot is very interesting. But the film itself is not so exceptional.

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No, you're not alone thinking that. My first thougth after watching it was such a great romantic movie. It was so beautiful when they fell in love, and it was so sad when they eventually had to go their seperate ways.
Harrison was (as always) great and I just fell even more in love with him.

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