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A Foreign Field 

Veterans return to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day for their own special and poignant reasons, among them two looking for an old love who turns out to the same woman for both.


Charles Sturridge


Roy Clarke (screenplay), Roy Clarke




Episode complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... Amos
Leo McKern ... Cyril
Edward Herrmann ... Ralph
John Randolph ... Waldo
Geraldine Chaplin ... Beverly
Lauren Bacall ... Lisa
Dorothy Grumbar Dorothy Grumbar ... Matron
Jeanne Moreau ... Angelique
Michelle Gheleyns-Hue Michelle Gheleyns-Hue ... Shopkeeper
Cateline Alteirac Cateline Alteirac ... Sales Assistant


Amos and Cyril are a pair of British veterans from WWII, going back to Normandy 50 years after D-Day to visit an old buddy's grave. There, they run into Waldo, an American WWII vet. And both Waldo and Cyril run into a French woman they were both enamored of in their soldiering days and begin squabbling over her. Waldo's son and daughter-in-law are putting up with him and each other. And the entire group meet up with a woman who has come to visit the grave of her brother. Together, they form an odd camaraderie, bound by the past as they share their memories Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

10 September 1993 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calvados, France

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1.33 : 1
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Originally broadcast on BBC1 in the UK as part of their Screen One series. See more »

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A Foreign Field
12 July 2006 | by speedbird747-1See all my reviews

I subscribe to netflix and rented A Foreign Field from them. As a Brit now living and working in Florida I knew the movie would probably be good as it was a BBC production. What a great movie, one of the best I've seen for a long time. I just wish my father could have watched it with me, unfortunately he passed away a few years ago. Dad was a WWII vet and told us many "a war story" as he put it when we were kids.

I rate this film on par with 'Das Boot'- 'Paths of Glory'-'Bridge On The River Kwai' as a statement on the absurdity of war. Thank you BBC for a very memorable and moving movie experience.

Gordon Archer

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