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Reach for Glory (1962)

| Drama, War | April 1962 (UK)
During World War II, 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 ...
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Cameron Hall ...
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Allan Jeayes ...
Crabtree
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Dr. Aldrich
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Freeman
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Freeman
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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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Corruption and cruelty amongst teenagers in wartime. See more »

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En pos de la gloria  »

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Last film of Allan Jeayes. See more »

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Features Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) See more »

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[Sung in the pub when celebrating Freeman's medal]
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A Fine Anti-war Film
1 December 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The obtuse nastiness with which adults view the completely innocent relationship between the two boys is based on the same regressive ignorance which prompts them to make war. They condemn each boy's search for love, as they push him to play war games in an atmosphere of cruelty and mistrust. War and jingoism are thus portrayed as the denial of man's natural inclination to love: "you've got to be taught to hate".

As society embraces hate, the result means personal disaster for the individual who innocently chooses otherwise. This is a moving film drama from a time when such questions were considered suitable material for the screen. A forgotten classic.


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