Yanks is a World War II romantic drama that was released in 1979. It was directed by John Schlesinger, and it was written by Collin Welland and Walter Bernstein. It stars Richard Gere as Sergeant First Class Matt Dyson, and Lisa Eichorn as Jean Moreton. The supporting cast consists of Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, and Rachel Roberts. The film has a running time of 141 minutes.
The movie begins before the historical events that took place on the beaches of Normandy. In England, there is a big United States Army base where the soldiers are waiting for their call to action. One day, Matt Dyson encounters Jean Moreton while they are both at the movies. He makes advances towards her, and it is revealed that she is married and her husband is overseas fighting right at the moment. However, she has doubts about her relationship, and after Matt persistently flirts with her she decides to start a new relationship with him. Their relationship starts out as a friendship, but it soon becomes more. It is hard for Jean to resist, because Matt represents everything her husband is not.
Matt is accepted by Jean's family, because he is a good cook. This is especially important, because it is war time and it is hard to find a good meal. Soon after we learn that Jean's husband dies, and this causes Matt's relationship with Jean's family to go south. The other plot in the story is about an United States army captain and a British woman. Both are married, but the develop a romantic relationship anyway. The movie progresses as it gets closer to the point where the United States soldiers will be called into the war. The soldiers struggle with ethics of their new romances, but they are determined to make it work.
- William Devane, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Chick Vennera
- Universal Pictures
- John Schlesinger