Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) - full transcript

An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to each other but she is convinced their diverse backgrounds mean it could never work; not only is he a gentile, his father is a protestant minister. So though they keep running into each other in the small community, they find themselves just as frequently parting again.

You're up early.

More bad dreams?

No, no.
It's the goddamn church bells.

I hope you haven't
been to the loo.

I need a morning specimen.

it's a good thing you're up.

You've got a busy morning
of tests ahead.

But if everything checks out, it looks
like we'll be letting you go today.

No kidding. Don't talk.

And don't smile.

You're well on the mend,
and we need the bed.

Your squadron leader will see to
your billeting and transport.

Hmm. Peter. Good.

You are really that anxious to
get back to the war, are you?

No. Not the war. But I wanna
try out this retread of a leg

you guys fixed me up with.

Make sure it can still do all
the old things that it used to.

You know, ah, oh, ah, oh!

I'd hold off on the tap-dancing
for a while, David.

I think you… you may be
right there, ginger.

The mattress is all new.

And a room with a bath is an unheard
of luxury in Jerusalem nowadays.

Oh, hmm.


Very nice.

There's no water.

It's rationed, old chap.

Half the city is supplied on even
days and the other half on odd ones.

Well, included in the price
you'll have 2 eggs every morning.

They alone cost me a shilling.

I have to buy them
at the black market.

Well, David, what do you say?

Well, I've been living in
a boarding house for 10 days.

This is paradise.
Where do I sign?

Oh, good. Eh, would you know
how long you'll be staying?

I'm afraid not. We could be relocated
anywhere more or less anytime.

How awful this war is.

May Hitler burn in hell.

Okay. If this place
is so terrific,

why are you letting go of it?
What's the catch?

There's no bloody catch,
you ingrate. Want one?

No. Was that true?

Or just for public consumption about us
not knowing how long we're gonna be here?

Ah, it's absolutely true.

The whole bloody war
is bogged down in the desert.

Rommel's been stopped, but he's
pretty well dug in by now.

So, pushing him back's not
gonna be all that much fun.

So that's why they're
holding us in reserves.

God knows.

There's no end of rumors. I
even heard Burma mentioned.

By the way, there's been an
American military attache

inquiring if you might like to change uniforms
now that you Yanks are in it officially.

Tell him I'm not interested.

Of course you're a bloody awful
wingman, but I'm used to you.

Still haven't told me
why you're moving out of here.

I've… I've met this girl who…

Oh, no. Don't tell me that
girls are off limits up here.

No, no.

As long as you're discreet.

I just thought I'd be
more comfortable in a flat.

Because of this girl?

What girl?

The girl you
almost told me about.

Why are you being
so cagey about this?

I'll tell you all about it,
but later.

In the meantime, if you have any
interest in washing today…

Well, I thought
there was no water.

Yeah, but that's only on
this side of the city.

You mean black market showers?

I got tickets for the Carmen Miranda
film with the Ritz Brothers.

I prefer the Marx Brothers.

Nessim, dear,
don't be difficult.

Victoria needs to talk to me.

What about me? Don't I need you?

To go to the movies?

What am I to tell your parents?

I'm supposed to
keep an eye on you.

Don't be ridiculous.

You know I love you.

I know.

But you don't care. I do.

But Victoria's waiting.

♪ There'll be blue birds ♪

♪ Over ♪

♪ The white cliffs of Dover ♪

David, I'm getting
married next Monday.

I want you to be my best man.

Will you do it?

Yeah, sure. Sure.

Good. Thank you.

Are you nuts?

Isn't that what people in love are supposed
to do? Crazy things like get married?

Peter, you can make
love to a woman

without marrying her and without
being a bastard about it.

Look, David,
I'm crazy about this girl.

But marriage?
Peter, Jesus Christ!

There's not one single aspect of our
lives that we control right now.

The war can't go on forever.

So wait.

It could be a bloody long wait.

Remember the 100 years' war?

Ah, not personally. No.

This one doesn't have to go on that
long for all of us to wind up dead.

Have you thought about that?

Look, all I want to do is a bit
of normal living before I die.

What is so wrong with that?
Is that fair to her?

Luckily, she wants to do a bit of
normal living before I die, too.

So it could work out
quite nicely.

So live together.

I can't ask her to do that. She's from
a very respectable Jewish family.

They're already less than thrilled
that she's seeing a gentile.

Well, that's great.
That's just great.

You really know how
to pick 'em, Peter.

Hold it, here she comes.
What's her name?


Oh, well, won't the folks
at home be pleased.


I nearly didn't make it.

Oh, this is Sarah.
She's my alibi.

And an absolute angel.

Sarah, Victoria, this is David.

Oh, you are the American.

Peter's told me how madly brave
you were when you were shot down.

But of course it was madly brave of
you to go all the way to England

to enlist when
you didn't have to.

Well, it was Canada, actually.

Peter, darling, please tell me. Right now.
Even if the news is bad.

How does a week from Monday
strike you as a wedding day?

Peter and I are going
to be married.

We've just been waiting
for him to get permission.

Sarah, be happy for me, please.

Ah, Sarah, I've ordered some
champagne to celebrate.

I hope you'll join us. Please.

♪ There'll be ♪
♪ blue birds over ♪

David's agreed to
be our best man, darling.

I hope you'll come, too, Sarah.

I know it'd mean
a lot to Victoria.

Yes, it would.

Peter, darling, we have so little time.
Can't we dance?


Sarah and David will understand.

Well, they certainly do look good together.
I'll give them that.

Is that a good reason
to get married?


But I think they might say
something about being in love.


People do seem
to talk about that a lot.

But you're a skeptic when
it comes to love, is that it?


But it is not something
I know very much about.

What was that language you
and Victoria were speaking?

Spanish. Spanish, oh, yeah.

How is it that you happen
to speak Spanish?

It's what we speak at home.

Your family came from Spain?



About 400 years ago.

I see.

They must have
some terrific memories.


Why are you staring at me?

Am I staring?

Yeah, I am. I'm sorry.
Yes, I was staring.

It's just that you have
the most extraordinary eyes.

Like to dance, little lady?

If you've no objections, mate.

Eh, it's up to the young lady.

I'm sorry, I… I didn't
realize he was that drunk.

If you knew he'd been drinking,
why didn't you say anything?

Well, he's probably just on a short
leave, and he's in a Tank Division now.

And anybody facing going back inside
one of those little metal ovens

probably has a right
to have a couple of drinks,

and a… a dance
with a pretty girl.

You think I should let a drunken
soldier maul me to show I'm grateful?

No, I'm not implying that.

Look, I would've asked you
myself, except I can't

because of my leg.

I'm sorry if it was
unpleasant for you.

It doesn't matter.

I must be getting home.

Would you explain to them?

Sarah, don't go away mad. In fact, don't
go away at all. Please, sit. Come on.

I must. Really.

♪ Each time I cling ♪
♪ to your kiss ♪

♪ I hear music divine ♪

♪ Besame ♪

♪ Besame mucho ♪

Where are you off to, love?
Just one kiss.

Leave me alone! One little kiss.

Hey, hey, leave her alone!
Leave me alone.

Leave me alone, leave me alone.
One little kiss.

My god.

You killed him.

No, I'm afraid not.


You know this man?

No, I just happened along.


How did you happen to be here?

You know, I just…

You followed me, didn't you?
No, no.

You were spying on me. No, no.

How dare you? How could you?

Sarah, please, listen to me.

No, I don't want to hear it. And
I don't want to see you again.

Not as long as I live.

Why? Sarah, please, why?

I apologize for Sarah.

I'm sure she meant to thank you.
It's all right.

You must let me buy you a drink
to show our appreciation.

No, no, it's okay.

Yes, yes, yes. I must. No, no, no, no, no.
It's fine. Fine.

And I must buy you another walking stick.
It's not important, really.

Sarah came in here
with… with another girl.

Are you serious
about this drink?

Yes, yes, I know just the place.
Come. Good.

Thank you very much. It's
all right, it's all right.

You know how many times
I tried to enlist?

Every time they tell
me I'm underweight.

It's not for lack of appetite.

Oh, no, I eat all the time.

I am a bottomless pit.

Where does it all go,
you wonder, huh?

Doctor says I burn it all up.

Maybe I worry too much.

Tell me, David. May I call
you David, Lieutenant?

Yes, yes. Ah, sure.

Then you must call me Nessim.

Nessim. Nessim. Nessim.

David, what shall I do?

If I don't see my cousin,
it's like not seeing the sun.

Your cousin?


The girl you saved from the Australian.
She's my cousin.

I've known her
practically all my life.

At least all her life.

She is only 18,

and I'm 28.

David, I loved her
the first time I saw her.

She was only one day old.

I'm the right man
for her, David.

No one can love her
more than I do.

You don't think
I'm too old for her?

Ah, Sarah, what does…
What does she think?

I wish I knew.

Everybody thinks she'll be my wife.
I thought so, too.

Now I don't know.

She was so angry.

You think she meant that?

About never seeing me again?

If she does, I'll die.

Well, before you die,

I'm sure that
she will forgive you.

Oh, no, no, no.
She can be very stubborn.

And very fierce.

Well, you are right.

Where there is life,
there is hope.

Tell you what, David,
are you Jewish?

Hmm, no.

It's not so unlikely.
The name, David.

And I know there are
many Jews in America.

Yeah, but not in Missoula,
Montana, there aren't.

The reason I was laughing is because,
ah, my father is a Christian minister.

Well, it doesn't matter.

You can still come
for the Sabbath dinner.

That's very nice of you,
but I don't think so.

No, no, no, no. You must come.

You must give Sarah a chance
to thank you properly.

I'm not taking no for an answer.

Then, ah, let's just say
that one of these Sabbaths…

Friday. Sabbath dinner
is every Friday.


You sure you've
had enough, David?

Oh, good heavens, yes.
It was all wonderful.

Ah, thank you very much.
I pleased you like it.

No, no, ah,
"liked" isn't the word.

I… I usually don't make
such a pig of myself.

Hear that? No need to be ashamed.
The lord is pleased.

Tell me, do you think
Rommel will get here?

Only if we let him.

Well, he can come for all I care.
We are ready for him.

Right, we will show
Hitler a trick or 2.


But the British won't, I… I mean,
they will not let Rommel through.

There is no reason eh, to worry?

Ellie's a tough guy.

As soon as he smells danger,

he takes his courage in both
feet and runs for dear life.

I can feel a draft.

You are the only one. Every
single door and window is shut.

The heat is killing all of us.

Albert is a boxer.

We are very proud of him.

He is fighting the "Ogre of
Aleppo" next week at the Y.M.C.A.

You must come.

Tell me, how is
Mr. Winston Churchill?

The lieutenant
is an American, papa.

What does that matter? I mean, he
wears a British uniform, doesn't he?

You have something
against the British?

No, no, no. On… on the contrary.

We love everything
British, yeah?

Absolutely. English breakfasts.

Um, Crosse and Blackwell Marmalade.
Huntley and Palmer Biscuits.

The King, the Queen.

Fish and chips.

♪ It's a long way ♪
♪ to Tipperary ♪

Soccer. Craven "A" cigarettes.

Habeas corpus.
But we don't like British rule.

And one day we will throw all
British troops out of Palestine.

Are you from anywhere
near Chicago, perhaps?

Not really.
I grew up in Montana.

Ah, is that near Seattle,

Ah, it's nearer
than Chicago, yes.

Oh, then we have
relatives you must know.

The Peres shoe store.

It's run by 2 brothers,
my cousins.

Well, it's a fairly big country.

Peres shoes are
well known, I believe.

A very large store.

And we have other cousins, too.

Peres, yes,
I think I've heard of them.

Papa was asking
about your father.

Do you?

Ah, uncle Raphael wants to know if
you'll be a priest like your father.

No. No.

Grandma Rosa knows
everything about you now.

Oh, really? Mmm-hmm.

Can she tell my future?

She says you'll live
to be a 120,

you'll be rich and famous,

and the most beautiful girls
will be at your feet.

Nessim. What?

What… what did she really say?

That you are a good man.

And nothing bad
will happen to you.

Si, si.

I want to thank you.

What for?

Oh, for breaking my stick over the
head of a drunken Australian, huh?

That also.

For not telling Nessim how
we met, or about Victoria.

Is it like this every Friday?
All these people?

And on high holidays, even more.

The grandparents
from the other side and…

The aunts and the uncles,

and the nieces and the nephews,

and the brothers
and the sisters.

We are really a tribe.

What's it like
being part of a tribe?

It has good points and bad
points, like everything else.

Did you like them?

Well, they're a little, uh,

overwhelming at first, but…

At the cafe,

when you left, I was following you because
I wanted to ask you if you'd be interested

in going out with me sometime.

If the Aussie hadn't gotten in the
way, what would you have said?


Well, what if I
asked you right now?

Still, no.

Well, why not?

The rumor has it, I'm a very good
man with a very promising future.

Is… is it Nessim?

I know that he assumes that one of
these days you and he are going to…

What Nessim assumes has
nothing to do with me.


Am I supposed to ask your parents
their permission first, is that it?

No, don't.

Oh, there you are.

You're keeping our guest
of honor for yourself, Sarah?

No, I'm not.

She forgave me,
just as I said she would.

Lovely night, isn't it?


Lieutenant. DAVID: Hello.

I hope I'm not intruding.

I brought these as a token of my appreciation
for the dinner last Friday night.

Ah, thank you very much.

And these are, uh,
for your grandmother.

Could you also
explain to your mother

that I am here to ask her permission
to take Sarah out sometime.

Ah, Sarah can do as she wishes.

Then would you like
to go out one day this week?

No, Sarah is busy this week.

Perhaps next week, then?

I am busy next week, also.

I seem to have made a mistake.

I think so.

Kindly thank your mother once again
for her hospitality. Goodbye.

…take thee, Peter Ross,

To be my lawful wedded husband.

…to be my lawful wedded husband.

By virtue of the powers vested in
me under the Foreign Marriage Act,

I now pronounce
you man and wife.

Thank you.

You may kiss the bride.
Thank you.

Yes. You are married.


Well, how's it feel?

It feels great.

Okay, now, make a wish.

Okay, now, who would
like a bit of cake?

Here, here, here, here. Wonderful.
Wonderful! None for me.

Thank you for coming.

A wedding with no parents.
It seems odd.

Maybe it's better like this. Nobody's
losing a daughter or gaining a son.

You think Victoria's
not losing anything?

Y-you're supposed
to get drunk at a wedding.

It's not like you
to drink like that.

How do you know?

I know.

Uh, look, I wouldn't mind getting out of here
and you're uncomfortable as all get-out.

Would you like to take a walk?


That over there
is King David's tomb,

so they say.


Would you like to see it?

Do I have to?

No. Good.

What did your family think
about you joining the R.A.F.?

Well, my mother died
long before that.

My brother and sister
didn't have an opinion.

My… my father was disappointed.
He's a pacifist.

I was bound
to disappoint my father.

Joining up just got it over
with nice and quick.

This is very beautiful.

Yes, it is.

When you told me that you
were too busy to see me,

was that because of your mother,

or were you speaking
for yourself?

For myself.

Then why the hell didn't you just
say so that night after dinner,

that you weren't interested?

I did.

No, you implied that it was
because of your family.

And that's why I made such a jackass out
of myself coming to ask their permission.

I told you not to.

All you had to say was that you,

you, Sarah,
didn't want to see me again.

So, why did you come
to the wedding today?

For Victoria.

You think I came because of you?

You are very conceited,
aren't you?

No. No, I'm not.

Look, you think I don't feel it?

I was hoping like crazy
you were going to come today.

But I was half hoping
that you wouldn't, 'cause…

I knew that if I saw you again I
would want to go on seeing you.

Again and again.
And again and again.

It's not possible.
And you know it's not.

Okay, I can think of some reasons for
myself. But I'd like to hear yours.

You are in Jerusalem
for how long?

Not very long, I think.

Why should I want
to get involved with you?

And there's your… your family.

Why would I want to get involved
in anything so complicated?

Well, there you are.

I guess we should just stay
out of each other's way.

I think so.

Well, come on.

I'll take you home in a cab.

No. It's not a good idea.

Then I guess this is goodbye.

Goodbye, Sarah.


What is it, Sarah?
What's bothering you?


You can't fool me. Everyone
else, yes, but not me.

Something is making
you depressed.

You know I love you.

What's funny?

You are.

I know you love me.
You tell me every day.

And you have no feelings for me?

I love you.

Like a brother.

That will change
once we are married.

What if I met someone else?

Someone that I don't
love like a brother?

What if I have already?

You can't have.

You would have told me.

Who else can you talk
to about such things?

Oh, Nessim,
you are such a foolish man.

The first night was fine.

Lovely, in fact.

It all started the next morning.

A few tears at first,
and then a never ending flood.

It took me hours
to get it out of her.

Get what?

Her family.

She can't bear the thought
of never seeing them again.

Well, that's funny. I didn't think
Victoria gave two hoots about her family.

Yeah, she was pretty casual
about it, wasn't she?

Damn her all to hell!

Now, come on, Peter,
Victoria is crazy about you!

Well, be that as it may.

Right now, she seems to regard our marriage
as a mild form of eternal damnation.

Christ, I'd be willing
to let her off the hook.

Maybe look into an annulment.

But the real hell of it is,

it wouldn't do any damn good because her
family would still regard her as a pariah.

That's some family.

Well, mine's just
the same, David.

They're as suspicious of Jews
as hers are of gentiles.

That's why making it
legal was so important.

If I bought it, well, they'd be
honor bound to accept my widow.

Raised eyebrows or not.

It's ironic, isn't it? Mmm-hmm.

Bloody hell.
Yeah, isn't it, just?

Well, come on.

No more sulking.

It's time for some
constructive activities.

I don't need a bloody glove
to catch a ball, David.

You will for this one.

Oh, god! What's in that thing?


No, come on,
overhand, like this!

All right. Get ready.

What the hell is that, David?

That is the wind-up.

Pure poetry is what it is.

Don't worry, Sarah. He'll kill him yet.
Just wait and see.

Where are you going? Home.

Wait, wait, wait, wait!

Get up! Get up and fight!

Come on!

♪ That certain night ♪

♪ The night we met ♪

♪ There was magic abroad ♪

♪ In the air ♪

♪ There were angels dining ♪

♪ At the Ritz ♪

♪ And a nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

♪ I may be right ♪

Don't look at me like that.

It makes me feel drunk.

I feel I could look
at you forever.

♪ That when you turned ♪
♪ and smiled at me ♪

♪ A nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

♪ The moon ♪
♪ that lingered ♪

♪ Over London town ♪

Don't tell me
you have to get home.

But I do.

Sarah, every time we meet,
it's just to say goodbye.

If I am too late,
they will ask questions.

All right, but this time,
I'm taking you.

♪ The streets of town ♪

♪ Were paved with stars ♪

♪ It was such ♪
♪ a romantic affair ♪

♪ And as we kissed ♪

♪ And said good night ♪

♪ A nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

This is as far as
we can go together.

When can I see you again?
I have to see you again.

How about the weekend?

I can't leave my house
on the Sabbath.

Which Sabbath?

My Sabbath. Saturday.

Sunday, then. That's perfect. They never
schedule operations for a Sunday.

What operations? Oh, nothing.

We just take the planes up to
make sure they can still fly.

I think I can get a car.

David… No, Sunday.

In front of the cafe. I'll be there
at 9:00. You get there when you can.

I'll wait for you.

This is beautiful.

And, ah, cold.

Yes, it's very cold.

Yes, it is. This is
very, very cold.


where are you taking me?

You'll see. Where?

Oh, see, it is cold. Oh!

Sorry. Told you. It's cold.



Is it very strange being
so far away from home?


Felt like a stranger there, too.

Like I was living in a country
with only one citizen.

As of now, 2 citizens today.

Well, I'm honored.

Does this place have a name?

Ein Gedi. It's biblical.

Everything here is biblical.

Ein Gedi,

that's Saul and David.


we Presbyterians,
we know our Bible.

Especially the son of a priest.

I forgot about that.

Yeah. Well, we call them,
uh, ministers.

Or parsons, or, uh, reverends.

The Reverend.

The Reverend Thomas Bradley.

Tell me about your father.

My father?

He's a very admirable man.

He's very principled.

I don't suppose you… you know
what the Grange Movement is.

Do you? No, of course not.

Eh, he's a… He's a socialist.

You know what that is, right?


Every Russian and Polish Jew
in Palestine is a socialist.

Yeah, well, not your family.

Good heavens, no.

To share everything and be poor
together, this is madness.

Why were you
bound to disappoint him?

Well, he, uh…

Because my father believes that

god is just and merciful.

And that the world can be
remade in his image.

And you don't?


Ah, I think
god has a lot to answer for.

And I don't think you
can change the world.

Not much, anyway.

Well, this is the place.

Are you sure it's all right?

Well, you're the one who said you
couldn't go home looking like this.

The bath is completely private.

No one will disturb you.
Not even me.

If you need anything,
just, uh, holler.

Don't be angry. Please.

But I have to. I know. I know.

You have to get back home.

You're angry.


No, I'm not angry.




After work.




Wait. Hey.



What is this?
What are you doing?

Stop it! Stop it!

Vandals! Hooligans!

Oh, my god! Lieutenant!

What are they gonna do to her?

Those guys did a really
professional job on you.

There's hardly a mark.

Don't you think you
should see a doctor? No!

Victoria, I've asked you
3 times now.

What are they gonna do to her?

And I've told you.
They'll scream a lot.

And maybe beat her up a bit.

Beat her up?

David, you don't understand
these things.

They will be very, very angry.

So, maybe give her a few slaps.

But they'd never injure her.
They really do love her.

Yeah, I could tell that by the way
they dragged her out of the room.

I know what her brothers
think, but they're wrong.

If I could just go
and explain to them…

Oh, David, don't be an ass.

It's bound to make it worse.

David, forget about
doing anything for a week.

Maybe 2. He doesn't have a week.

Why doesn't he have a week?

Because we're pulling out of
Jerusalem the day after tomorrow.

Where to?


Oh, please, Peter,
let me come with you.

Darling, that's impossible.

Let me go to England
to be with your family.

There's a war
on in England as well.

I don't care.

I can't stay here alone
with no more family.

Damn it, I've told your
bloody family I'll come back.

Christ, I… I'm willing to
become a Jew tomorrow.


let me come to Egypt.

Or send me to England.

Or give me a divorce!

Well, I think England
is the answer

if you can arrange
the transport.

Davey, can you imagine

the sort of reception she'll
get there from my family?

What the hell were you planning
on doing after the war?

I was planning on
being there with her.

Listen, why don't you
stay here tonight

in case the brothers decide
to pay you another visit.



Hello, Clara.

Just open the door!

I just wanna talk
to Mr. Perrera.

No, he is not home! Go away!

Go away!

Have you no shame?
You ruin my daughter

and you dare knock on our door!
Go away!

Mrs. Perrera,
it's not what you think.

Please let me just
speak with Sarah.

Go away
before I call the police.

Wa-wait, wait, wait, wait!

Would… would you give this
to her, then? Please?

No, no, you can't see Sarah!

My sons are close by.

Go away or they will
come here and kill you!

Go! Go! Go!
Get your brothers! Go!

She's upstairs?

Please, just go on.

Get them and my husband.

Sarah, just listen to me.

I have to leave in the morning.

But I'll be back. I promise
you, I'll be back,

and then we'll straighten
this whole mess out.



Oh, Lieutenant!


I hope I did the right thing.

Lieutenant, uh,

I took the liberty
of letting the, uh,

young lady into your room.

You see, I couldn't
have her in the lobby.

She had no shoes on!

I almost didn't come back here.


I almost went out
and got drunk instead.

But you didn't.

They took my clothes.

You walked here like that?

I had to see you one last time.

I must look…


Damn it, why can't
you look terrible?

I've been out
walking the streets,

trying to convince myself
I wasn't in love with you.

And I come back here and
yo-yo-yo-you're, you're barefoot,

and you're adorable.

Today was the worst day
I've ever spent.

I think of not seeing you again.

Sarah, I love you, Shh.

I wanted to tell you last night,
when you were still here.

Are they really sending
you back to the war?


But it's not that far away.

I'll come back as often as I can.
I'll write you every day.

I'll dream of you every…
No, don't.

What do you mean? What's wrong?

Promise me. Wh… What? Anything!

Promise me you won't come back.

What are you talking about?
You said "anything."

Sarah, I just told you
that I love you.

I can't stay… Are you
trying to drive me crazy?

Please, promise me!

All right, if that's
what you want, I promise.

Don't look so miserable.

I'm here
and I can stay all night.

If you really knew
how much I love you.


No, don't say it.

But, how do you know?

I know.

Just a postcard.

When the war's over.
So you'll know I made it.

I already know you will.

I don't need a postcard.

But, after the war is over.

By then, you won't
even remember.

You're nuts, you know that?

You're just plain nuts!

But you still love me anyway.

Mmm. Yes.

Um, say it, then.

I love you.

And, I love you.

Now, go to sleep.


Yes. No.

I can see you're sleepy.

I'm afraid to.

I'm afraid you'll slip away.

Not without saying goodbye.

I promise.

Now, go to sleep.



What is it, Sarah? Is it your mother?
Did she…


Sit down.

I want you to answer me
without thinkin'.

Would you marry me?

Marry you?

You want me to marry you?


I'll gladly die for you,
Sarah, you know that.

I'm not asking you to die.


Yes, I'll marry you.

Even after what happened?

Nothing happened, Sarah.

Something did, and you know it.

All I know is that I love you.

What if I don't love you?

You don't?

Not even a little bit?

So what if you don't love me?

It's not the end of the world.

What is love, after all?

I'll be a good husband, Sarah.

And I'm sure
you'll be a good wife.

I have enough love
for the two of us.

You might, perhaps, one day.

Who knows?




You all right, Sir?

Yeah. Baxter bought it.

Bailed out?


Peter, what do you say?

I think you're mad.

You'll be spending 2 days
out of 3 days traveling,

just to spend one day
in Jerusalem.

Why don't we spend 3 days
on the beach at Alexandria?

Because, you've got a wife
in Jerusalem, to start with.

Actually, as it happens,
I haven't.

Or, not for long, anyway.

Vicky and I are gonna
pack it in, David.

Her father's arranged
some kind of bogus annulment,

she's gonna
go back to her family

and I'm gonna be
a happy bachelor again.

You just gonna sit there
and let that happen?

I'm rather surprised to hear
this coming from you, David.

You were the one that told me
marriage was crazy and selfish.

I think you're taking this
awfully easy, Peter.

Believe me, nothing
between Victoria and me

has been easy, David.

I think you're feeling more down
about this than you're letting on.

And I really want to see Sarah.

And if we're going off to Burma
like everyone is saying,

this may be the last chance I'll
have in a long, long while.

You're absolutely sure, are you,
that Sarah wants to see you?

And just what makes you
say that?

This might be the last chance we get in
a long while to have some fun, David.

If you're not sure,
then why, why waste the time?

Peter, uh,
I'm going back to Jerusalem.

What if I were to order you
not to go on the basis of, uh,

3 days not being long enough
to make it there and back?

Then I'd probably
tell you to go to hell.

What is with you, Peter?

Sarah's getting married, David.

Victoria wrote to me about it.
She didn't give many details.

Not even what the man's name is.

But you're welcome
to read the letter.

Wait, please.

Wait a minute. Please.

Leave it be. Can't you, David?
No, I can't.

You think it would make any difference
whether you see her or not?

I don't know
what I think anymore!

But I do know that she's not marrying
Nessim of her own free will!

You are wrong, David.

Her family would do anything to
stop her from marrying a gentile.

But they'd never force her to
marry someone she doesn't want!

No! No!

You're wrong! It's not possible.

She cannot marry Nessim!

She doesn't love Nessim!
So what?

Love's so wonderful?

It makes you so happy
or me or Peter?

She is going to marry Nessim.

You can't stop it.

I'm not here to stop it.

But I do want to talk to her.
I want her to explain.

Goddamn it, she owes me that!

Look, this isn't your problem, Victoria.
It's mine.

David, wait.

He only wants to talk to you.

No, I can't! Why?

He promised he'd go away
and never come back!

I don't understand.

It doesn't matter. He loves you.

No, I don't want to hear.

He's at a cafe down the street.

We can pretend to take a walk.


Sarah, he only wants
to understand!

I don't care what he wants!
I hate him!

You can tell him that!

No, don't.

Tell him there is
nothing to understand.

Tell him to forget me
like he forgot his promise.

If she changes her mind,
she knows where to find you.

Jesus Christ. What am I
doin' here anyway?

I should've just
stayed in Alexandria.

I should've gone to the beach.
Should've drowned myself.

You know, I've been thinking. I…

Maybe Sarah isn't
really so special.

Maybe she's just peculiar.
What do you think?

I think if it helps you
to think that,

then you should think it.


You haven't said a word
about how Peter is.

You didn't ask. How is he?

Umm, he's like you, I guess.

Good. I don't like
suffering alone.

Well, D.H. Lawrence said that all
love has to offer us is pain.

Let's not talk sad, David.

No, let's not.

Let's… let's have another.


She knows
that I'm leaving at 6:00?

She knows.

She won't come.

Where is he?

He's gone. Where?

To Atarot Airport.

He said he had to take a
plane back to Alexandria.

But you said
he'd be here in the morning.

He must've left earlier.

His plane takes off
only at 6:00.


Look, I've realized that
I don't want an explanation.

I don't have any.

Well, that's good.

That's good.


Well, I'd like to stay and chat,

but I have to go catch a plane.

You cannot marry anybody else.
Do you hear me? You can't!

No, I can't.

Don't say that
unless you mean it!


I'll be here waiting for you.

I'll come back as soon as I can

from wherever it is
they send me.

Burma, Australia, Antarctica!

I wish I could tell you when.

It doesn't matter when.

If it takes a hundred years,
I'll be here.

I know. You have to go.

I'll write you every day.

I'll write you, too. But where?
I don't know.

I'll have to send that
to you in my first letter.

What about you? Where will you live?
Do you need any money?

Stop worrying about me.
I'll be fine.

You take care of yourself.

Oh, don't worry. Nothing
bad can happen.

Your grandmother promised.

I have to, uh…


Come with me to the field? Yes.

Come on! Come on!

♪ That certain night ♪

♪ The night we met ♪

♪ There was magic abroad ♪
♪ in the air ♪

♪ There were angels dining ♪
♪ at the Ritz ♪

♪ And a nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

♪ I may be right ♪

♪ I may be wrong ♪

♪ But I'm perfectly willing ♪
♪ to swear ♪

♪ That when you turned ♪
♪ and smiled at me ♪

♪ A nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

♪ The moon that lingered ♪
♪ over London Town ♪

♪ Poor puzzled moon ♪

♪ He wore a frown ♪

♪ How could he know ♪
♪ we two were so in love? ♪

♪ The whole darn world ♪

♪ Seemed upside down ♪

♪ The streets of town ♪

♪ Were paved with stars ♪

♪ It was such ♪
♪ a romantic affair ♪

♪ And as we kissed ♪

♪ And said good night ♪

♪ A nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪

♪ The moon that lingered ♪
♪ over London Town ♪

♪ Poor puzzled moon ♪

♪ He wore a frown ♪

♪ How could he know ♪
♪ we two were so in love? ♪

♪ The whole darn world ♪

♪ Seemed upside down ♪

♪ The streets of town ♪

♪ Were paved with stars ♪

♪ It was such ♪
♪ a romantic affair ♪

♪ And as we kissed ♪

♪ And said good night ♪

♪ A nightingale sang ♪

♪ In Berkeley Square ♪