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A Separate Peace (1972)

PG | | Drama | 27 September 1972 (USA)
Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

John Knowles (novel), Fred Segal
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Heyl John Heyl ... Finny
Parker Stevenson ... Gene
William Roerick William Roerick ... Mr. Patchwithers, Headmaster
Peter Brush Peter Brush ... Leper
Victor Bevine ... Brinker
Scott Bradbury Scott Bradbury ... Chet
John E.A. Mackenzie John E.A. Mackenzie ... Bobby
Mark Trefethen Mark Trefethen ... John
Frank Wilich Jr. Frank Wilich Jr. ... Quackenbush
Elizabeth B. Brewster Elizabeth B. Brewster ... Mrs. Patchwithers
Edward Echols Edward Echols ... Mr. Ludsbury
Don Schultz Don Schultz ... Dr. Stanpole
Paul Sadler Paul Sadler ... Naval Officer
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Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to the fullest. The two boys attend the Devon School, which prepares them for military life that they will most likely be subjected to. The film begins with a narration by an older Gene, traveling back to Devon some years later. The thing he wishes most to see is the tree, which had a great effect on the boys' lives. Written by Anonymous

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Gene remembered it all: that summer during World War 2; the friendships at school...and, especially, the tree which changed their lives forever. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Paz separada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The scene where the boys all suddenly start singing "Hitler has only got one ball" was unscripted. Director Larry Peerce continued filming to see how it played out, with the scene ending up in the final cut. See more »

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Leper: Did you come here to abuse me?
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tepid film version of a landmark young adult novel
4 June 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

The novel A SEPARATE PEACE is one of the benchmarks of American adolescent literature, second only to CATCHER IN THE RYE in terms of an accurate portrayal of 20th century young adult angst. The novel is a complex, ambivalent portrayal of friendship between two dissimalar friends at a stuffy New England boys' school during the opening years of WWII. The film version captures to a great extent the feel of the era and the New England setting, yet fails to really convey the conflicted feelings of Gene, the narrator in the book. The all-important scene in the tree is rendered in a murky manner; one not famililar with the book would be confused as to what had happened. And the confrontation scene in Phinney's house is poorly staged and interpreted. It's interesting to note that, with the exception of Parker Stevenson, none of these actors seem to have made good in their respective careers. Begs for a quality remake.


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