Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.Written by
When they are in the cinema watching the newsreel, there's a shot of a man carrying a wounded solider across a river. The commentary states "when this country was extending a helping hand..."
The shot actually of an Australian soldier helping a wounded Australian in the Kokoda campaign in New Guinea. The film is footage from Kokoda Front Line, by Damian Parer, who was an Australian combat camera man. See more »
Just try to believe that the best part of a good man stays. It stays forever.
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It shows the innocence of a younger son, an older son grown up, and a middle son Homer becoming aware of what real life is as he delivers telegrams to the mothers of sons who will not be coming back home from the war alive. Homer grows up as he sees the pain of life.
An old man named Will Grogan receives and types the telegrams. Mr. Grogan drinks to help deal with his pain of sending this information to families in the community.
The movie shows us how war may effect us. It makes you realize the front line of war can be just as difficult at home as they try to continue with life.
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