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A Separate Peace -- As World War II rages overseas, the prestigious Devon prep school holds a summer session for boys trying to graduate before they're drafted.


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Writers (WGA):
John Knowles (novel)
Wendy Kesselman (teleplay)
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Release Date:
12 September 2004 (USA) See more »
Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
Strong friendship between students slowly turns into bitter rivalry with fatal consequences. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Great move though book is better See more (19 total) »


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J Barton ... Gene

Toby Moore ... Finny

Jacob Pitts ... Brinker
Danny Swerdlow ... Leper

Aaron Ashmore ... Chad

Adam Frost ... Harry

Matt Sadowski ... Rach (as Matt Austin)
Sean McCann ... Dr. Stanpole

Alison Pill ... Beth
R.D. Reid ... Farmer

Hume Cronyn ... Professor Carmichael
Colin Fox ... Professor Fitzwinkler
Lise LeBel-Wagner ... Mlle. Lebecque
John Bayliss ... Mr. Radford
Linda Goranson ... Mrs. Carmichael
John Peters ... Phys Ed Instructor
Bazil Williams ... Railroad Porter

Directed by
Peter Yates 
Writing credits
John Knowles (novel)

Wendy Kesselman (teleplay)

Produced by
Jay Cohen .... executive producer
Laura Gherardi .... executive producer
Lee Gottsegen .... executive producer
Armand Leo .... producer
Enrique Murciano .... executive producer
Murray Schisgal .... executive producer
Angela Spieles .... associate producer
J.B. Sugar .... executive producer
Michael Sugar .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Cinematography by
Checco Varese (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Toby Yates 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Beth Klein 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Doug McCullough 
Art Direction by
Marion Pon 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Fruitman 
Costume Design by
Linda Muir 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Ingram .... key hair stylist
Lynda McCormack .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Claire Welland .... production manager
Skates Naiman .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Backman .... trainee assistant director
Rick Kush .... second assistant director
Mark MacDonald .... third assistant director
Bruce Speyer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Shannon Hill .... assistant art director
Michael Williams'Willis' .... carpenter
Monique Roy .... set buyer
Michael Smith .... set dresser
Steve Stack .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
David K. Grant .... boom operator
Kathryn Madsen .... adr supervisor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Randal S. Thomas .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jon Davis .... special effects technician
Rob Huot .... special effects key
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects assistant
Ray McMillan .... front projection
Jeff Skochko .... special effects coordinator
Steve Skochko .... special effects key
Tom Farr .... stunts
Louis Paquette .... stunt double: J Barton
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera
Mark O'Neill .... assistant camera
Casting Department
John Buchan .... casting: Canada
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erika Larner .... on set key wardrobe
Karen Steele .... wardrobe assistant
Robin White .... wardrobe supervisor: extras
Steven Wright .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
John Breinholt .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Bondelevitch .... music editor
Other crew
Coralie Brady .... assistant location manager: Port Hope
Derek Brady .... location manager
David Donohue .... assistant to producer
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Miriam Laurence .... acting coach
Marie A. Nazar .... publicist
Jeffery Pong .... assistant location manager
Amy Wright .... choreographer
Ralph Berge .... production executive (uncredited)

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Rated R for brief strong language
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Final film of British director Peter Yates.See more »
Continuity: When Leper is headed into the woods "touring", he has a conversation with Brinker and Gene. While speaking he struggles with knitted mittens. At first he has both in hand. One falls, and when he is seen again, he has both. A moment later he has only one again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of A Separate Peace (1972)See more »


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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Great move though book is better, 17 September 2004
Author: cyke from nj

Having read the book 2x in school, I remember the story fondly. Seeing it enacted on screen gave me flashbacks and although i did not remember everything, i remembered enough. Since this is a dramatic movie, it's success depends on the viewers' emotions. I already knew the ending but i still felt a great sense of tragedy and sadness. It made me go look for my book and i ended up buying a new copy and reading it in one sitting. The book of course gives a much deeper, broader picture.

Things they coudld've done better: Reading the book, i was enthralled at its depth and complexity. the movie could've used more of that. since gene narrated the book, it is of course different on screen. and probably the biggest issue would be the war/ peace theme. the movie is called a separate peace, but what does that mean? these are 16-17 y/o boys who are enjoying their last year of "Freedom" before getting sent to war. The war hung over them like a dark cloud, but for Gene and Phinny, they managed to create their own world of peace with the two of them in it, and of course gene's fight with himself and the codependency of the two. in the book, we find gene is successful in life, at least financially, but it is never clear if he really defeated his inner demons, but it is clear that phinny i still a big part of his life. having read the book, i knew all of this and on screen i felt it but i know if i hadn't i would probably not get it.


the actors for all the major character, esp gene and phineas did a great job. the scenes with the two of them were magnetic and you could feel the friendship and the tension (of gene in the beginning of the movie) between them. despite the things they left out and didn't touch upon to deeply was, they managed to nail the friendship between the two. To see it finally resolved between them only for "it" (the ending of the movie, i do not want to spoil) to happen, i felt very emotion and felt the loss as if it were my own and because of that i recommend the movie

but i highly suggest getting the book first then watching. i hope this helps some

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