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Reach for Glory
(1962)

Country: UK

Genre: Drama

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During World War II, teenage boys in a small English town are consumed with jingoism and brutal war games, hoping dearly that the war won't end before they can fight in it. John, one of the younger members, is increasingly torn between these peer group values and his deepening homoerotic friendship with Mark, a gentle Jewish refugee whom his gang has ostracized as a sissy and a coward. Based on the novel The Custard Boys, by John Rae. Reminiscent of Lord of the Flies in depicting adolescent cruelty growing unchecked to tragic extremes.

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Remarkable and overlooked. Won a United Nations award. On one level, it's simply the touching story of two thirteen-year-old boys who fall in love with each other. It also deals with questions of religious tolerance, class, cultural differences, patriotism and sissyhood, but unlike, say, Tea and Sympathy or Another Country, doesn't hit us over the head with them. Props for using a real native German speaker rather than a native English speaker with a fake accent. Martin Tomlinson and Oliver Grimm give fine performances as the two leads.

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