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Reach for Glory (1962)

| Drama, War | April 1962 (UK)
During WW2,in a small English coastal town,teenage boys eager to join the army but unable to do so participate in their own homemade private brutal war games with tragic results.

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Capt. Curlew
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Curlew
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Lewis Craig
Oliver Grimm ...
Mark Stein
Martin Tomlinson ...
John Curlew
Freddy Eldrett ...
Willy Aldrich (as Freddie Eldrett)
James Luck ...
Michael Freen
John Coker ...
Peter Joy
Michael Trubshawe ...
Maj. Burton
Arthur Hewlett ...
Vicar
Cameron Hall ...
Headmaster
Allan Jeayes ...
Crabtree
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Dr. Aldrich
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Freeman
Patricia Hayes ...
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During World War II, teenage boys in a small English town are consumed with jingoism and brutal war games, hoping dearly that the war won't end before they can fight in it. John, one of the younger members, is increasingly torn between these peer group values and his deepening homoerotic friendship with Mark, a gentle Jewish refugee whom his gang has ostracized as a sissy and a coward. Based on the novel _The Custard Boys_, by John Rae. Reminiscent of _Lord of the Flies_ in depicting adolescent cruelty growing unchecked to tragic extremes. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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During his sermon in the church, the vicar quotes from 'The Grenadier's Good-Bye' by Henry Newbolt - " When Lieutenant Murray fell, the only words he spoke were 'Forward, Grenadiers!' ...". See more »

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Features Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) See more »

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One of the few films from adolescence that really affected me
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a twelve year old kid in Arkansas. I have not seen it since then, though I have strong memories of the film, and I have been looking for it. As I recall (I can still recall specific scenes) the pacing and story development created great tension and suspense.

The interaction among the boys seemed so realistic. Kids can be so cruel. Also, the militaristic mindset is so easily passed on to children. The film is a "book end"of a kind to "Lord of the Flies". The ending is shocker (it was to me)and turned my stomach. I wish this film was available to rent. I have searched Netflix and they don't have it. Perhaps if enough of us request it...


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