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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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Last film of Allan Jeayes. See more »

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Features Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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[Sung in the pub when celebrating Freeman's medal]
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The ending shocked me.
1 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a child (10-12 years old.) The ending shocked me. I remember it as a very powerful film. I always thought it was titled "A Short walk to Glory". I found it in a search of the IMDb. I would like to be able to see it again. think the IMDb is a great resource.


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