Yanks (1979) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.2/ 10 (1825 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
CIP Filmproduktion GmbH [de] - (as a CIP feature)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - September 1979
(USA) - 19 September 1979
(Finland) - 7 March 1980
(Australia) - 3 April 1980
(West Germany) - 4 April 1980

Running Time
UK:165 (director's cut)

Love during wartime.

1940s, chamber-pot, condom, england, female-nudity, fish-and-chips, jitterbug, male-nudity, prejudice, racism, war-rationing, world-war-one, world-war-two,

Technical Support
LAB:Technicolor, UK
MET:3810 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Baxt, David as [G.I. in hospital] <25>
  2. Brimble, Nick as (uncredited) [Merchant Seaman]
  3. Cassidy, John (I) as [G.I. at cinema] <22>
  4. Devane, William as [John] <4>
  5. Ditson, Harry as [Officer in stores] <21>
  6. Drury, Ken (I) as (as Kenneth Drury) [Jock] <40>
  7. Durkin, Patrick (I) as [Master of Ceremonies] <45>
  8. Edwards, Michael (XII) as (uncredited) [Soldier]
  9. Fielder, Harry as (uncredited) [Soldier]
  10. Gavin, Weston as [Officer at airfield] <30>
  11. Gere, Richard as [Matt Dyson] <1>
  12. Gladwin, Joe as [Plumber at camp] <46>
  13. Halliday, Barry as [Merchant seaman] <55>
  14. Harris, George (II) as [Black driver] <24>
  15. Harrison, Simon (I) as [Tim] <12>
  16. Hassett, Ray as [Pilot] <29>
  17. Hornby, Clive as (uncredited) [Extra]
  18. Jackley, Nat as [Postman] <47>
  19. James, Gerald (I) as [Hotel porter] <50>
  20. Lipinski, Eugene as [Barman in Ireland] <28>
  21. Luty, Paul as [Ted the publican] <38>
  22. Matthews, Al as [Black G.I. at dance] <27>
  23. McGill, Everett as [White G.I. at dance] <26>
  24. Melody, Tony as [Mr. Jim Moreton] <8>
  25. Miller, David (VIII) as [Bereaved father] <41>
  26. Napier, Francis as [Cook] <19>
  27. Newson, Jeremy as [Mechanic] <20>
  28. Nolan, Tom (III) as [Tom G.I. drummer] <16>
  29. Pantelidou, Andy as [Cook] <18>
  30. Pickering, Donald as [Golfing friend] <43>
  31. Praml, Joe as (uncredited) [MP]
  32. Ratzenberger, John as [Corporal Cook] <17>
  33. Sher, Antony as [G.I. at cinema] <23>
  34. Smith, Martin (XXX) as [Geoff] <9>
  35. Snyder, Arlen Dean as [Henry] <14>
  36. Stine, Eric as (uncredited) [Sergeant at Railway Stn.]
  37. Thompson, Derek (I) as [Ken] <11>
  38. Vennera, Chick as [Danny Ruffelo] <5>
  39. Whileman, Philip as [Billy] <10>
  40. Whittaker, Stephen (I) as [Merchant seaman] <54>
  41. Almond, Gertie as [Neighbour] <36>
  42. Blakiston, Caroline as [Golfing friend] <42>
  43. Carol, Lynne as [Annie] <34>
  44. Curran, Angela as [Girl in club] <53>
  45. Dale, Janet as [Girl with baby] <56>
  46. Davies, Rachel (I) as [Girl in club] <52>
  47. Dyson, Anne as (as Ann Dyson) [Ivy] <31>
  48. Eichhorn, Lisa (I) as [Jean Moreton] <2>
  49. Ellis, June (I) as [Mrs. Shenton] <33>
  50. Hackney, Pearl as [Aunt Maud] <35>
  51. Harrison, Harriet as [Helen's daughter] <32>
  52. Hickson, Joan (I) as [Mrs. Moody] <13>
  53. Lacey, Margaret (I) as [Woman at hotel] <51>
  54. Morgan, Wendy (I) as [Mollie] <6>
  55. Palmer, Helen (III) as [Enid his wife] <39>
  56. Perrie, Lynne as (uncredited) [Woman at Railway Station]
  57. Redgrave, Vanessa as [Helen] <3>
  58. Roberts, Rachel (I) as [Mrs. Clarrie Moreton] <7>
  59. Robinson, Sue (I) as [Girl at dance] <44>
  60. Ross, Annie as [Red Cross lady] <15>
  61. Smith, Jackie (II) as [Fish fryer] <49>
  62. Tilbrook, Paula as [Neighbour] <37>
  63. Wray, Mary as [Fish fryer] <48>


  1. Drama
  2. Romance
  3. War

Full Plot

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 and Jean getting engaged during one of his leaves, Jean and Matt continue to see each other and fall in love. Beyond the issue of Jean's mother's disdain for Yanks and Ken and Jean's engagement, Matt and Jean still have to overcome the differences between the two worlds in which they live. Regardless, the goings-on of the war may override any of their immediate wishes. Huggo Plot not found

Total Business

CP: "YANKS" Copyright MCMLXXIX CIP Filmproduktions GmbH

Movie Certificate

12 (Iceland)
U (France)
15 (UK)
6 (Netherlands)(2008)
M (Australia)
K-16 (Finland)
NC-16 (Singapore)
15 (Sweden)

Music Composers

  1. Bennett, Richard Rodney


  1. Bush, Dick (I) (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Russell, Shirley


American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1982) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
MGM Home Entertainment (Europe) [gb] - (2004) (UK) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Svensk Filmindustri (SF) [se] - (2005) (Sweden) (DVD)
United Artists Corporation [gb] - (1979) (UK) (theatrical) (as United Artists A Transamerica Company)
United Artists [se] - (1980) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (1998) (USA) (VHS)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (2005) (USA) (DVD)
Universal Pictures [us] - (1979) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Clark, Jim (I)


  1. Barron, Zelda (continuity)
  2. Fazan, Eleanor (I) (choreographer)
  3. King, Jak (production accountant)
  4. Morris, Redmond (location manager)
  5. Roberts, Colonel G. (military advisor: USA) (as Lt. Colonel G. Roberts)
  6. Tromans, Edna (unit publicist)


Danny: [naked in an uncovered exterior shower, watching the Red Cross trucks pass] That's the Red Cross...they only do it for officers. Matt: If you don't put your uniform on, they'll never tell the difference. Mollie: Excuse me, please. I'm pregnant! Woman on train platform: So's half the bloody town, love!

Other Titles

  1. Yankees (1979) (ENG)

  2. Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde (1980) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Yanks - Gestern waren wir noch Fremde (1979) (GER)
    (West Germany)

  4. Yankees (1979) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Grand Hotel, Llandudno, Conwy, Wales, UK - (Where Helen & John go for a trip)
  2. Hyde, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  3. Keighley Railway Station, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, UK - (Railway Station)
  4. Llandudno, Conwy, Wales, UK
  5. Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  6. Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  7. Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  8. Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK
  9. Twickenham Film Studios, St Margarets, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK - (studio)


- 'John Schlesinger (I)' (qv) originally delivered the film at a length of around 165 minutes. He was forced to cut the film by approximately 25 minutes before the film's premiere engagement. The film stayed at this length and the 165-minute director's cut has never been seen. Among the victims of the cuts was 'Bill Nighy' (qv), whose character Tom was deleted.

- 'Olivia Newton-John' (qv) was interviewed for a key role.

- This was British-born director 'John Schlesinger (I)' (qv)'s first movie that he filmed in Britain since _Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)_ (qv), a gap of eight years.

- The movie's opening image is of a war memorial which is actually located in the town centre of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England.

- The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl.

- A campaign to save a real life Second World War pillbox used as a set in this movie was launched in December 2009. The two-story brick building is connected to the former Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) in the village of Steeton.

- Though filmed in England, this movie was financed by American and West German money.

- The code-name of the