Hanover Street
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Hanover Street

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Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer

     
 

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Peter Hyams' war romance Hanover Street comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 4.0 and Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French

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Peter Hyams' war romance Hanover Street comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 4.0 and Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, Thai, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hyams and bonus trailers. Columbia/TriStar deserves credit for doing such a fine job with this older title.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
For a long period of time, Harrison Ford was the most bankable movie star in the industry. None of his films was ever less than a moderate box-office success, with the exception of Hanover Street. More than 20 years after its initial release, the reasons for this are not clear. The film is no classic, but does provide a well-crafted version of the war romance genre. Ford is an American pilot stationed in England during World War II, where he meets and falls in love with a nurse played by Lesley-Anne Down. But there's one problem: she's married to a secret agent played very nicely by Christopher Plummer. The kicker comes in when Ford is assigned to fly a special mission with a British agent who just happens to be Plummer. The setup isn't the greatest, but it's an interesting premise nonetheless. Will Ford fulfill his military obligations or will he sacrifice his comrade so that he can have his wife? Unfortunately, that particular aspect of the character's dilemma is never really exploited. It's hinted at many times but never really comes to bear. The Down character also tends to come across as unsympathetic, perhaps because she is the only one, at first, who knows that she is cheating on her husband. So even with all these elements, the poor reception the film has received is still somewhat of a mystery. Ford steps out his Han Solo persona that had made him famous and shows some acting chops that he wouldn't really stretch again until Witness. Down is certainly lovely and Plummer, one of those actors who always seems to rise above the material no matter what he's in, does so again here. Director Peter Hyams, who also wrote the screenplay, seems to have been going for a Gone With the Wind type of romance, and perhaps that's where he failed, but how could he possibly have succeeded? It simply isn't that type of story. It's a cute date movie, but it's not a grand statement on love and war. His inability to recognize that in his own work dooms him in the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
UPC:
0043396058316
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Director's commentary ; Bonus trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford David Halloran
Lesley-Anne Down Margaret Sellinger
Christopher Plummer Paul Sellinger
Alec McCowen Maj. Trumbo
Richard Masur Lt. Jerry Cimino
Patsy Kensit Sarah Sellinger
Michael Sacks 2nd Lt. Martin Hyer
Max Wall Harry Pike
Shane Rimmer Col. Ronald Bart
Hugh Fraser Capt. Harold Lester
William Hootkins Beef
Eddie Kidd Actor
Eugene Lipinski Actor
George Pravda Actor
John Ratzenberger Sgt. John Lucas
John Rees Actor
Shaun Scott Actor
Tony Sibbald Actor
Gary Waldhorn Actor
Keith Alexander Soldier in Barn
Keith Buckley Lieutenant Wells
Sherrie Hewson Phyllis
Cindy O'Callaghan Paula
Di Trevis Elizabeth
Jay Benedict Cpl. Daniel Giler
Suzanne Bertish French Girl

Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Cartwright Art Director
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Gutteridge Special Effects
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Paul N. Lazarus Producer
Malcolm Middleton Art Director
James Mitchell Editor
David Watkin Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:53]
2. "You Missed Your Bus" [2:04]
3. Tea With A Short Man [2:39]
4. Air Raid [4:17]
5. Mission Briefing [3:29]
6. Gorgeous George-Ann's Crew [3:01]
7. Two Weeks,Thursday [3:02]
8. Not Hungry Anymore [2:45]
9. Early Drop [1:05]
10. The Sellinger Family [3:17]
11. Leadership Principle [4:57]
12. "There Has to Be A Leak." [4:05]
13. Problem with number One [7:42]
14. Christmas Party [3:28]
15. "Gestapo" Interrogation [5:13]
16. Safecracking 101 [2:13]
17. Bart volunteers Halloran [1:34]
18. Last-minute Change [4:06]
19. "How Bad is it?" [3:15]
20. 20 Miles South Of Lyon [2:51]
21. French Aid [5:05]
22. A Pleasant Hero [4:07]
23. Dokument Zimmer [3:28]
24. Authority Granted [3:57]
25. A Hasty Exit [4:23]
26. Farmhouse Escape [6:38]
27. A Bridge Too Far [2:25]
28. Lost & Found [3:21]

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Hanover Street 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so formulaic, you'll know exactly what's going to happen every step of the way. But it's so beautifully filmed, the acting is so great, and the chemistry so seemingly real, you won't care! (Not to mention that it features Harrison Ford at his hunky best...) Beware, gentlemen, this isn't a war movie--it's a romance, pure and very, very simple. It was roundly panned as too sentimental, but every chick I know just loves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it was released at theaters in 1979 and have loved it ever since. It has a quality that makes it a classic in my eyes. The movie and the music score have stuck in my mind all these years. A truely touching story of war and hearts.
DB35 More than 1 year ago
What a flick!!! As written above, the main characters do a great job but the supporting cast is terribic also. The banter in the aircraft among the various characters is nothing if not hilarious. You will not be disappointed viewing this film. The only caveat is that you have to watch the entire movie to get the full impact of its romanticism.