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Hand in Hand (1961)

 -  Drama | Family  -  17 May 1961 (Mexico)
7.6
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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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Mrs. O'Malley
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Mr. Pritchard
Arnold Diamond ...
Mr. Mathias
Eric Francis
Denis Gilmore ...
Tom
John Gregson ...
Father Timothy
Barbara Hicks ...
Miss Roberts
Stratford Johns
Miriam Karlin ...
Mrs. Mathias
Barry Keegan ...
Mr. O'Malley
Martin Lawrence ...
The Cantor
Philip Needs ...
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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Here is Drama That Will Open Your Eyes and Awaken Your Heart!

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17 May 1961 (Mexico)  »

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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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Lovely little film on religious tolerance
10 June 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

The acting of the children who play Michael and Rachel really make this 1960 British film work. Other characters appear to be stereotypical (i.e. the parents, the rabbi and priest) to a large extent, but the children's' performances are outstanding. It's a wonder they didn't do more with their careers after this film, particularly Phillip Needs, who played Michael. Watch his face early on, when he realizes that taunting the little girl at school is wrong. He backs away from the group, then grabs her and rescues her. And later, when he confronts Rachel angrily and yells "Why did you kill Christ?" She answers: "I didn't! I didn't kill anyone!" And it's true. The Romans executed Christ, not the Jews. Pontius Pilate could have always said "no", and left it at that. But of course, the scripture had to be fulfilled.

This is a film I love to show to my own children on a regular basis, to help them understand that God is love, not hate. I have wonderful memories of my parents renting this 16 mm film again and again from the local library in the 1960's when I was growing up. They would show it for the children in the neighborhood, who all came from different religious backgrounds. It was always a favorite and now is a favorite in my own library of films.


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