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Hanover Street

4.1 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews

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War-torn Europe is the setting for this romantic action/adventure about the fateful entanglements of two men in love with the same woman. Lt. David Halloran (Harrison Ford), a courageous American bomber pilot, and a British nurse (Lesley-Anne Down) accidentally meet during an air raid and fall instantly in love. Committed to an assignment, David asks her to meet him two weeks later in spite of the fact that she is married. And she does. Her husband, Paul Sellinger (Christopher Plummer), is a British intelligence officer in charge of a special, dangerous mission behind enemy lines. As fate would have it, Halloran is chosen to fly Sellinger on the task. When their plane is shot down, the two must work together to complete the mission - and it is only then that Halloran discovers who Sellinger is.

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Harrison Ford is impossibly young and handsome as an American pilot in the World War II romance Hanover Street; Lesley-Anne Down (The Great Train Robbery) is stunningly beautiful as the British nurse who falls in love with him, despite being married to British intelligence agent Christopher Plummer. In fact, everything about Hanover Street is just a little over the top, from the insanely romantic dialogue to the absurd war-buddy banter of Ford and his bomber crew to the love-making montage in which Down seems to have at least a dozen orgasms. Down and Plummer have a daughter (played by future Lethal Weapon 2 love interest Patsy Kensit) who's so precious and precocious you just want to smack her. The whole thing is almost a camp pastiche of a war romance--but when Ford and Plummer find themselves together behind enemy lines, you'll suddenly discover that you're caught up in the story. Through sheer movie-star charisma and cunningly ridiculous plot mechanics, Hanover Street becomes not only entertaining, but even touching. Plummer is particularly good as an ordinary man who wishes to become something more, Ford is stalwart as only he can be, and Down is just too lovely to resist (it's hard to understand how her career ended up with the likes of Beastmaster 3: The Eye of Braxus and Death Wish 5: The Face of Death). All in all, a surprisingly enjoyable cinematic experience. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Harrison Ford, Richard Masur
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Producers: Paul N. Lazarus III, Paul Lazarus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LB88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hanover Street" on IMDb

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By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
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When Harrison Ford saw an advance cut of the original STAR WARS movie he realized the powerful impact the movie made. In subsequent interviews Ford said that it was at that point that he realized that he needed to get to work in a variety of projects so he could avoid being stereotyped by the role of Han Solo. Of the three leads of that movie that shook the world in 1977 he was the most active in the years immediately following, and the strategy appears to have worked as now, almost 30 years later, he is the only one who is considered a megastar.

One of the movies Ford chose was the World War II romantic drama HANOVER STREET in the role of American bomber pilot David Halloran who falls for married English nurse Margaret Sellinger. The Halloran role was originally to be played by Kris Kristofferson, but it is a testament to Fords personality and acting that it is hard to imagine the movie as it was originally cast.

Viewed today the movie has an impressive cast, but at that time Ford was perhaps the least known of the three leads.

Playing Sellinger is the amazing and impossibly beautiful Lesley-Anne Down who was well known to British television audiences (in UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS) and in addition to an appearance in 1976s THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN had, a year previously, appeared opposite Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland in THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY.

Down would go on to make other movies such as ROUGH CUT (with Burt Reynolds) and my personal-favorite SPHINX (with Sir John Gielgud and John Rhys-Davies). But here she plays a nurse caught in a love triangle between the hotshot flier (Ford) and her British intelligence husband Paul (played by screen great Christopher Plummer).
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By A Customer on January 30, 2000
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an exceptional movie set in london during the war staring a very young harrison ford and lesley ann down. everything about this movie is perfect. although mostly a bittersweet love story, the entire movie is a delightful surprise full of wartime suspense and the sacrifices made in the name of friendship.you will love the ending, even though it will hard to see through the tears.this movie was made before harrison ford became a star .what a treasure!
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By A Customer on December 9, 1999
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I've always loved this movie. Yes, the plot is a little over-used, but you can't beat it for early Harrison Ford. The bedroom scenes are done with the taste lacking in many of today's movies. Richard Masur is very funny as the nervous bomb spotter. Two thumbs and two big toes up!
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Hanover Street portrays young Harrison Ford at his romantic best. As a fearless fighter pilot in WWII stationed in England he meets and falls in love with a gorgeous Leslie-Ann Down who tries to hide the fact that she is married to Spy Master Christopher Plummer. Harrison loses his edge in flying fearlessly as he gains his affection for Down. He is assigned to take an England officer into Germany to uncover the identity of a double-spy. The plane crashes and the two end up escaping the French countryside together. That union is fateful, funny and touching. This movie is for the romantic at heart. I've seen it several times!
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I first saw this movie about ten years ago, late at night, on my own and was pleasantly surprised. I had never even heard of it before. It is set during the 1940s during wartime - Harrison Ford and Lesley Anne Down meet accidently on - yes you've guessed it Hanover Street! - and of course they fall in love. There is only one problem Lesley Anne is married, but they both can't resist each other and even though you know it's naughty you just want them to go for it! I'll not say any more about the plot because I don't want to give too much away - but the ending is sad - so get those tissues handy! The chemistry between the two lead actors is superb and the photography and action scenes are good too. A brilliant little "Sunday afternoon" film.
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By T. Cheng on September 25, 2005
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I'd like to second the reviewer below that the score in this film may be one of Barry's most underrated, possibly even his most touchingly Romantic. The movie itself has a killer ending that brought tears to my eyes. Plummer is also so touching as the older husband, who is just an ordinary man, but wants so much to impress his wife that he takes the greatest gamble. All in all, a gem hidden from view.
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By S.C. on December 19, 2015
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I am so very happy to have discovered this movie! As in the official movie description, Harrison Ford truly IS impossibly young and handsome as a WWII pilot. I am a big fan of Mr. Ford's movies and have not seen many where he has played a serious role when so "young." Though I can't lie and say I wouldn't watch him in this movie for his incredibly beautiful looks alone, I found I really enjoyed the story. If you are a Harrison Ford fan, this is certainly worth the watch.
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Like "Yanks," another World War II film released in 1979, Hanover Street is about a wartime romance between an American man and an English woman. This time it's Harrison Ford as a B-25 bomber pilot and Lesley-Anne Down is the married woman he meets in London during a bombing raid. Unaware that she's married, Ford flies her husband (Christopher Plummer), a British intelligence officer, over occupied France where he plans to parachute in and perform a very dangerous mission. When the B-25 is hit by antiaircraft fire, Ford is forced to jump too, then joins Christopher Plummer on his mission.

What I liked:
* There were five real B-25 Mitchell bombers used in filming. It was fun seeing these old warbirds in action.
* Seeing the young Harrison Ford, fresh off of Star Wars.
* A great score with haunting theme music by John Barry.

What I didn't like:
* The extremely long odds that Harrison Ford would be flying Lesley-Anne Down's husband on his mission. But it was a clever plot device that made the film work.
* It was too easy for Ford and Plummer to just walk into Gestapo headquarters in Lyon without being challenged.
* In real life, no B-25 units were stationed in England during the war.

Trivia: Look for John Ratzenberger (later to play Cliff Clavin in Cheers) as one of Harrison Ford's crewmen. He also had a small role in "Yanks."

Overall, I enjoyed the film, but I preferred "Yanks" as the better of the two 1979 WWII movies.
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