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Cipher in the Snow (1974)

 -  Short | Drama  -  October 1974 (USA)
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Asking to leave a school bus, Cliff, a young teenager, collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His math teacher is asked to notify the parents and then write a short obituary. ... See full summary »

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Robert Bridges
Bruce Kimball
Jacqueline Mayo
Roberta Shore ...
Peggy, school secretary
Walter Stocker
Mary Cox
Larry Watts
Martha Henstrom
Kirk Hutchings
Ronald Jenkins ...
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Asking to leave a school bus, Cliff, a young teenager, collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His math teacher is asked to notify the parents and then write a short obituary. This task is difficult, for although he was Cliff's favorite teacher and had the most interaction of any at the school, he barely knew him. In unraveling the mystery of the untimely death, he finds that Cliff was shy, lonely, and ostracized, being slowly reduced to nothing, a zero (cipher). He vows to not let this happen to others. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Powerful short made to be shown in school.
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short strongly affected me when I was at an age and circumstance in life where it proved to be a very effective film. Who would have thought one would see something like this in school. It is the only short shown in school in those days that I can clearly remember today as a powerful film. I assume school films have come a long way from the "duck and cover" fare that was the staple of the cold war. Plus the endless vague health films that left you more confused than informed. And of course the infamous one time a year sex information film which you needed a signed permission slip to view. Again, no information and much laughter was the result. I would have sworn I was younger when I saw "Cipher in the Snow",however. I must have viewed it when it was just released. Thanks to IMDb for listing it. Alex


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