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McGuire, Go Home! (1965)

The High Bright Sun (original title)
During Cyprus' war of independence against Britain, Juno Kozani (Susan Strasberg), an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Ian Stuart Black (novel), Ian Stuart Black (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Dirk Bogarde ... Maj. McGuire
George Chakiris ... Haghios
Susan Strasberg ... Juno Kozani
Denholm Elliott ... Lt. Charlie Baker
Grégoire Aslan ... Gen. Stavros Skyros
Colin Campbell ... Emile Andros
Joseph Fürst ... Dr. Andros
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Mrs. Andros
George Pastell ... Prinos
Paul Stassino ... Alkis
Nigel Stock ... Lt. Col. N. Park
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In 1957, Cyprus is fighting a war of independence against the occupying British forces. Juno Kozani (Susan Strasberg), an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides. Juno witnesses an attack by local guerrillas against British soldiers, and she is questioned by Major McGuire (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the local British Army intelligence officer in charge. Juno's knowledge of the attack places her in danger because Haghios (George Chakiris), one of the local guerrilla fighters, plans to kill her in order to silence her. However, Haghios is attracted to her and resents Juno's romantic interest in Major McGuire.The more Juno's romantic relationship with Major McGuire grows, the more Haghios wants to kill her. Juno's life depends on Major McGuire's vigilance to protect her by all means. Written by nufs68

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Before you stop a bullet...before you trip over a love affair...before you foul up the whole revolution... See more »

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Trivia

Major McGuire (Sir Dirk Bogarde) wore ribbons for the following medals: Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Korea Medal, and United Nations Service Medal for Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Park (Nigel Stock) wore ribbons for the following medals: Military Cross, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, and Korea Medal (and perhaps one other). See more »

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The story takes place in 1957, but all of Susan Strasberg's hair styles and clothes are strictly 1964. See more »

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Love me some Dirk
5 May 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The High Bright Sun" is a 1964 film about an American girl (Susan Strasberg) caught in the Cypriot fight against the British in the '50s. The stars are Dirk Bogarde, George Chakiris and Denholm Elliot. While staying at the home of a family friend, Strasberg sees someone that she's not supposed to, and the guerrillas decide that she has to die before she tells a frequent visitor to the house, Major McGuire (Bogarde) what she's seen.

Bogarde made this film for Betty Box and Ralph Thomas of the Rank "Doctor" franchise, and it was apparently an unpleasant experience. He wasn't feeling well, the location town was a little too primitive for his tastes, and he got into a huge fight with the director, Thomas, at one point. Fortunately it was a pretty fast shoot.

Beautiful location shots and lots of suspense as the Strasberg character runs for her life. The performances are good - Strasberg could have been stronger, but the script was a little sketchy in regard to her character.

I think anything with Bogarde is worth watching.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Date with Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Gargano, Foggia, Apulia, Italy See more »

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Budget:

GBP9,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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