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Hand in Hand (1961)

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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Lady Caroline
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Mr. Pritchard
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Miriam Karlin ...
Mrs. Mathias
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Mr. Mathias
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Mrs. O'Malley
Barry Keegan ...
Mr. O'Malley
Martin Lawrence ...
The Cantor
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Miss Roberts
Denis Gilmore ...
Tom (as Dennis Gilmore)
Peter Pike ...
Harry
Susan Reid ...
Priscilla
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Storyline

In the town of Springfield, England, adolescents Michael O'Malley and Rachel Mathias strike up a friendship despite their less than friendly first meeting at school. That friendship becomes so strong that they spend whatever time they can together, Mike even forgoing playing his regular games with his old friends just so that Rachel won't feel left out. Their friendship is primarily based on reaching for somewhat collective dreams, those that seem to be at the top of the list being going to London to have tea with the Queen, and going big game hunting in Africa. They feel they are stronger as a pair than they are as individuals. Their respective parents support the friendship, which they may not have if it was ten years later and the friendship was a romantic one, their parents who would like their respective offspring to marry within their own religion, Mike's family who is Catholic, Rachel's being Jewish. The first test to their friendship is the possibility of Rachel's family ... Written by Huggo

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

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Drama | Family

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Release Date:

7 April 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrela e a Cruz  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Michael O'Malley: What's the matter?
Rachel Mathias: It's Hector.
Michael O'Malley: Has he run away?
Rachel Mathias: He's dead. I looked in his cage this morning and he wouldn't wake up. Mummy said it was old age.
Michael O'Malley: Poor old Hector.
Rachel Mathias: I wrapped him in my best hankie.
Michael O'Malley: We'll have a proper funeral.
Rachel Mathias: Let's.
Michael O'Malley: We'll bury him just outside the door. I'll be the priest.
Rachel Mathias: But, but he's a Jewish mouse. He's mine.
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Soundtracks

Ellens Gesang III, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6
(uncredited)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Latin lyrics by P. Adam Storck
Performed by Philip Needs
[Michael sings the song at Hector's funeral]
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childhood's innocence
23 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Like many others I first saw this film on "The Children's Film Festival" on a Saturday afternoon. I must have been 6 or 7 and I loved it! Many years later a friend of mine was humming a tune that I regocnized as the charming melody from the film. "Do you remember that movie?" I asked. "Oh yes." He replied "Hand In Hand" We both smiled. He had grown up in a very small town next to mine and gone to different schools, but it was touching that we were both sitting in front of our television sets on the same Saturday afternoon watching this lovely film. I was actually able to tape it back in 1988 off of Showtime, I just watched it again last night and it still moves me. Loretta Parry and Phillip needs were so good! I brought so many memories! Good ones.


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