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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John Knowles (novel)
Wendy Kesselman (teleplay)
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Release Date:
12 September 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
Plot:
Strong friendship between students slowly turns into bitter rivalry with fatal consequences. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great casting, but fails to tell Knowles' story. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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J Barton ... Gene

Toby Moore ... Finny

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

Aaron Ashmore ... Chad

Adam Frost ... Harry

Matt Sadowski-Austin ... 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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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
 
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 .... dialect coach
Marie A. Nazar .... publicist
Jeffery Pong .... assistant location manager
Amy Wright .... choreographer
Ralph Berge .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for brief strong language
Runtime:
92 min
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Trivia:
Final film of British director Peter Yates.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of A Separate Peace (1972)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Great casting, but fails to tell Knowles' story., 13 September 2004
Author: RandySavage from United States

"A Separate Peace" is one of my favorite books. An absolutely horrible film version was made of it in 1974, so I knew Showtime's updated version was virtually guaranteed to be an improvement. An improvement it is... but it could - and should - have been much better.

First the Good: Finny has got to be one of the hardest parts out there to cast. The part calls for natural athleticism and tremendous charisma – a truly rare combination (especially in actors). Toby Moore was inspired casting. I have no idea who he is or where he came from. He had an almost impossible task, and he nailed it. The actors who played Gene and Brinker also performed admirably. If it had a script that stuck to the actual Knowles' story, this film might have been something very special.

Now to the Bad: Knowles' story is much more than a story about adolescent friendship and betrayal. It is about how a person can only find peace within himself when he is forced to face his own darkness. Finny, who knows only love and forgiveness, seems to be the only exception to this rule – and because of that, he is destroyed by his best friend. By the end, Gene makes peace with Finny and finally finds peace within. The writer and director missed much of these key elements. Important scenes are brought to life beautifully, but we never really get inside Gene's head, so we can't understand how or why he achieves a 'separate peace.'

The writers also decided to omit the other key theme of the book: Finny as a representation of peace in world at war. While Finny talks like he was rearing to go to war, he in fact is unable to do so - because of his leg, but also because it is not possible for him to hate (as Gene describes in the final 'you'd be terrible in a war, Finny!' dialogue). Alas, none of it makes it into the film.

All in all, it was great to see a terrific performance by Moore as Finny, as well as some great scenes from the book brought to life (The Headmaster's Tea, The Winter Olympics, The Trial). However, I will still have to wait for a film to be made that is true to the spirit of this American classic.

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