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A faithful rendition of the Thomas Hughes book of life at the famed Rugby School for Boys in 1834, when Dr. Thomas Arnold, headmaster, was trying to alleviate the brutality of the 'hazing system' which was supposed to make men of the young boys, but which actually was a mask for passionate, unregenerate cruelty. The primary story has Tom Brown ragged continually by one particularly brutal upper-class-man, Flashman. Tom's bravery and school-spirited silence gains him Arnold's admiration. Written by
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Schooldays: they're your happiest days - or your last!
This intriguing English classic tells the story of Tom Brown who's in a Rugby boarding school. Tom has a friend, East. Tom is a good boy, polite, innocent, friendly. Unfortunately, people like him are easy targets for bullies and Tom is often tormented by Flashman, the intimidating school bully. Among the several abuses he suffers, the most cruel is the "roasting" scene.
Eventually Tom and East learn self-defense techniques and woop that bully's ass and he won't mess with them anymore. However, a new pupil, George Arthur, needs protection because he is Flashman's new victim. Tom and East become responsible for Arthur's safety.
Although simplistic, this movie can still count with some great cinematography. It's fundamentally a good movie with nothing overly negative to criticize about.
John Howard Davies was a prodigy actor. He was fantastic in "Oliver Twist", "The Rocking Horse Winner" and this "Tom Brown's Schooldays". Robert Newton had a turbulent life and movie career because of his alcohol problem, but he was a legend. The other actors, including those in minor roles, were all well selected and portrayed.
This should definitely be on Top 250.
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