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Hand in Hand (1961)

A little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends despite the prejudice that surrounds them.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rachel Mathias
... Michael O'Malley
... Father Timothy
... Lady Caroline
... Mr. Pritchard
... Rabbi Benjamin
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Mathias
... Mr. Mathias
... Mrs. O'Malley
Barry Keegan ... Mr. O'Malley
Martin Lawrence ... The Cantor
... Miss Roberts
Denis Gilmore ... Tom (as Dennis Gilmore)
Peter Pike ... Harry
Susan Reid ... Priscilla
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Storyline

In the town of Springfield, England, adolescents Michael O'Malley and Rachel Mathias strike up a friendship despite their less than friendly first meeting at school. That friendship becomes so strong that they spend whatever time they can together, Mike even forgoing playing his regular games with his old friends just so that Rachel won't feel left out. Their friendship is primarily based on reaching for somewhat collective dreams, those that seem to be at the top of the list being going to London to have tea with the Queen, and going big game hunting in Africa. They feel they are stronger as a pair than they are as individuals. Their respective parents support the friendship, which they may not have if it was ten years later and the friendship was a romantic one, their parents who would like their respective offspring to marry within their own religion, Mike's family who is Catholic, Rachel's being Jewish. The first test to their friendship is the possibility of Rachel's family ... Written by Huggo

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Plunge into an adult world of love and hate! See more »

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Drama | Family

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7 April 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrela e a Cruz  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Though it is indeed a totally "innocent as milk" kiddie-film, this movie completely ignores/disregards one of the most basic and oft-repeated parental admonishments to young children --- "Never get into a vehicle with a stranger" --- while also neglecting to include a separate "aside notice" to viewers reminding them of this super-vital-to-remember practice. See more »

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Father Timothy wouldn't have needed to ask Michael if Rachel was a friend of his, since he had already met them together on at least one previous occasion, when they were on their way to buy a newspaper. So conceivably he would have already known who Michael was referring to. See more »

Quotes

Michael O'Malley: What's the matter?
Rachel Mathias: It's Hector.
Michael O'Malley: Has he run away?
Rachel Mathias: He's dead. I looked in his cage this morning and he wouldn't wake up. Mummy said it was old age.
Michael O'Malley: Poor old Hector.
Rachel Mathias: I wrapped him in my best hankie.
Michael O'Malley: We'll have a proper funeral.
Rachel Mathias: Let's.
Michael O'Malley: We'll bury him just outside the door. I'll be the priest.
Rachel Mathias: But, but he's a Jewish mouse. He's mine.
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis
(uncredited)
Traditional carol
Performed by Philip Needs
[Michael sings the song at Hector's funeral]
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A Plea to Release This Film on DVD/Video
2 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie, "Hand in Hand", as a second billing with Walt Disney's "The Moon Spinners" when that film was first released. I can honestly say that this film affected me in a profound way that no film ever had before or has since.

I was so enthralled by the film that I talked my father into taking me to see it again, so I could take notes on it! I wrote down the events in the plot as they transpired on the screen. What I can remember about the film now is the feeling that it captured perfectly the emotion of love as a child experiences it.

I have always wanted to see this film again, but it never plays on television or in art house theaters. It would be my number one candidate for the honor of "Lost Treasure." I would love to see this film released on DVD and video.


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