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Too Young the Hero (1988)

The true story of Calvin Graham who at the age of twelve, but looking quite a lot older, succeeded in joining the navy during World War II. In spite of his young age, he received a purple ... See full summary »

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Calvin Graham
Jon DeVries ...
Captain Gatch (as Jon De Vries)
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Calvin's Mother
Rick Warner ...
Holbrook
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Davy Cluff (as Thomas Mills Wood)
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Laslo
John Linton ...
Scotty Bloxom
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Sparky
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MacBride
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Cracker (as Ron Shelley)
Christopher Yohe ...
Frank (as Christopher Yore)
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Necker
Thomas McGovern ...
Turkel
Carl Mueller ...
Shriver
Mert Hatfield ...
Harry
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The true story of Calvin Graham who at the age of twelve, but looking quite a lot older, succeeded in joining the navy during World War II. In spite of his young age, he received a purple hart for his bravery in the battle of Guadalcanal. When he reported back to his unit after a leave, his world collapsed. Due to a misunderstanding he is reported as a deserter which is the start of a real nightmare. Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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tooting my own horn
25 April 2005 | by (Denver, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I was an uncredited extra in this film and got about 8 seconds of on-camera time out of it. We were filming in the crew quarters of the USS North Carolina. While the crew slept, an alarm went off. After an officer told Schroeder "We're going to war", the crew filed out behind him. I planned to toss and turn in the background before the lights came up (to give myself more of a chance of being seen) and lo and behold, that made it in the film in addition to me filing out of the quarters. I've seen this movie on Lifetime a few times in the past few years, and I get a kick out of that scene every time it comes on. I remember Schroeder being aloof towards the extras during shooting, but then I don't think I expected him to sit down with us and have lunch. He was the central character of the film, after all. In terms of the overall film, I found the story interesting. It's odd that we go to such lengths to protect children from all kinds of dangers now. Some group would have some naval officer arrested for felony child abuse today for daring to let a 12 year old into a battle zone. All in all, it was a good "made for TV" movie of its time.


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