Hanover Street (Columbia 1979 with Harrison Ford and Lesley-Anne Down)

UK / Columbia / 108 minutes / 1979

Writer and Director: Peter Hyams / Producer: Paul N. Lazarus III / Music: John Barry / Cinematography: David Watkins / Production Design: Philip Harrison

Cast: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Richard Masur, Michael Sacks, Max Wall

Love triangle set in WW2. Ford plays David Halloran, an American pilot based in Britain who, during an air raid, finds himself in the arms of nurse Margaret Sellinger (Down). Although she’s married, the pair start an affair. Then Halloran is given a mission; to fly secret agent Paul Sellinger, Margaret’s husband, on a mission into the heart of Occupied France.

Neither knows of the other’s love for Margaret until, downed and on the run, Paul learns of the affair and must choose between his wife and his mission. Peter Hyams’ romantic adventure switches between emotion and action, enlivened by cameo roles from Alec McCowen, Patsy Kensit, Richard Masur and, in one of his last feature film roles, master comedian Max Wall.

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