A little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends despite the prejudice that surrounds them.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Mrs. O'Malley
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Mr. Pritchard
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Mr. Mathias
Eric Francis
Denis Gilmore ...
Tom
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Father Timothy
Barbara Hicks ...
Miss Roberts
Miriam Karlin ...
Mrs. Mathias
Barry Keegan ...
Mr. O'Malley
Martin Lawrence ...
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Michael O'Malley
Loretta Parry ...
Rachel Mathias
Peter Pike ...
Harry
Susan Reid ...
Priscilla
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A little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends despite the prejudice that surrounds them.

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Plunge into an adult world of love and hate! See more »

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7 April 1963 (UK)  »

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A Estrela e a Cruz  »

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Although filmed in England in the summer of 1960 under the title "The Star and The Cross", it was for some reason kept on the shelf and not released in the UK until April 7th, 1963, by which time the title had been changed to "Hand in Hand" and it went out on release on the ABC circuit as the supporting film to the Tony Hancock comedy "The Punch and Judy Man". See more »

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Father Timothy wouldn't have needed to ask Michael if Rachel was a friend of his, since he had already met them together on at least one previous occasion, when they were on their way to buy a newspaper. So conceivably he would have already known who Michael was referring to. See more »

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Very memorable
26 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is amazing how powerful films can be to a child. Upon reading the numerous reviews and postings of the wonderful movie "Hand in Hand", it is interesting how many of the writers who are probably in the same age bracket and, at least in the U.S., remember this movie airing on the CBS Children's Film Festival on a Saturday afternoon. I guess one can thank CBS, Kukla, Fran (Allison), Ollie and Burr Tillstrom for introducing this powerful film on religious understanding and tolerance within the friendship of two young children.

I remember Rachel and Michael (Loretta Parry and Philip Needs). Even though the film was probably 7 or 8 years old when I first saw the movie on TV, I can relate to them as a child. Perhaps because of how they were raised and the different religions they were taught, the children were a bit suspicious but after a while they got to know each other. What still gets to me after so many years is how misunderstanding and seeing people just as what their were raised can get in the way of seeing others as human beings.

There is a sense of curiosity and wonder getting to know someone who was raised from a different religion and that curiosity begets friendship and, ultimately, understanding. As directed by Philip Leacock (who would later direct numerous TV shows including Route 66, Gunsmoke and The Waltons) and written by Diana Morgan (from a story by Sidney Harmon), Hand in Hand is a sensitive and powerful film.

I am not a fan of remaking great films. But consider the state of religion in the U.S. and the world and how many conflicts occur for the sake of religion. With the right screenwriter, director and cast, I think Hand in Hand could be adapted to the current day. Until then, I concur with others on releasing this wonderful film on DVD.


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