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A Separate Peace (2004)

Strong friendship between students slowly turns into bitter rivalry with fatal consequences.

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Cast

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Gene
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Brinker
Danny Swerdlow ...
Leper
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Chad
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Harry
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Rach (as Matt Austin)
Sean McCann ...
Dr. Stanpole
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Beth
R.D. Reid ...
Farmer
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Professor Carmichael
Colin Fox ...
Professor Fitzwinkler
Lise LeBel-Wagner ...
Mlle. Lebecque
John Bayliss ...
Mr. Radford
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Mrs. Carmichael
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Strong friendship between students slowly turns into bitter rivalry with fatal consequences.

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Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.

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Drama | War

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 September 2004 (USA)  »

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A béke szigete  »

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$4,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The headmaster, Professor Carmichael, portrayed by Hume Cronyn introduces a US Army officer at school assembly, as a member of the "United States Ski Force." The US Army has never had a "United States Ski Force," however, during World War II, the United States Army 10th Mountain Division was specifically established and trained for ski combat, the only division-sized element of the U.S. Army to specialize in fighting under harsh terrain and weather conditions, the division retains the "mountain" designation for historical purposes but is actually organized as a light infantry division. The 10th Mountain was deployed to Italy during World War II, and was deactivated as a unit shortly after the war, until being reactivated in 1985. See more »

Goofs

The first time Finny goes to climb the tree, as he starts up, he has a wristwatch on. As he climbs higher, the watch disappears. See more »

Quotes

Gene: Praise Finny. Finny is Jesus. I love him.
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Remake of A Separate Peace (1972) See more »

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25 May 2009 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Some books seem natural for high school study. They need to be simple to read, but contain enough ambiguity and analogy to show students that real literature is more than a plot. If the book is set in high school, so much the better. I think the existence of this market niche is why this book has survived. There can be no other reason.

I mention the ambiguity, because that is why the book works; you never really know for sure what happened on that tree.

Alas, but TeeVee movies do not like ambiguity because they find their own market niche. So the only potentially valuable bit from the book is scrubbed out.

Still....

It did resonate with me. Its an odd thing when you encounter a story that has accidental settings and events that mirror important events in your life. I went to an elite boarding school, a military school in fact. The dynamics among boys in such an environment can have no analog anywhere else in the world. There were a characters like these (in the movie). There was at the time an expectation that many of us would go to the then current war in Viet Nam. There was anxious enthusiasm about roles that could in our imagination be achieved and a black market for swapping dreams of which of these roles were claimed first.

All this you see on the screen is true.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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