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Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Known as 'Innocent Moves' here in the UK, Max Pomeranc gave a masterful performance as the boy chess prodigy. Interesting to see the point made about the parents having to be kept away from the tournament room. This is what can happen actually. And what of Michael Nirenberg cast as Max's arch enemy, Jonathan Poe? Poor kid, even though given the part of the baddy boy he played his character well. From the position of the pieces at the time Poe was offered a draw, several chess buffs have since pointed out that Poe could've won. Fine film and well acted by all the boy performers.

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Secondhand Lions (2003)

A fairly good film and when you're playing up against Robert Duvall and Michael Caine you have to be a pretty good boy actor. Needless to say Haley Joel Osment rose to the occasion. Haley was 14 when he was in 'Secondhand Lions' and had the muscles to show for it.

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The Selfish Giant (2013)

A raw and grim movie indeed. It seemed every other line of dialogue contained the F word, there was hardly a moment when kids or adults weren't screaming at each other or coming to blows. I think the grimness was ladled on with a trowel. I think the director, Clio Barnard, inserted shots of horses and sheep in fields so that the audience could have a rest from all the expletives and shouting that was going on. However, Connor Chapman was really good for a boy actor's first film. It was a relief, towards the end, that Swifty's mother showed forgiveness and understanding to the distraught Arbor.

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Senza ragione (1972)

An unusual film to star handsome Mark Lester although that might be because one of the producers is Michael Lester. A real 70s knock-and-drag-'em-out kind of film with atrocious background music. Not very comfortable for Mark to act in with some rough outdoor scenes. Notable for the scene where Mark undresses in front of the mirror.

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Shane (1953)

This is a classic Western if not THE classic Western. Brandon De Wilde is outstanding playing the homesteader's little boy, Joey, and worthy of an Oscar nomination. Alan Ladd is great as Shane even if he was rather undersized for the part. Apparently, he had to stand on a box in some of the scenes! A wonderful film with its famous dramatic ending.

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Shattered Family (1993)

A squeaky clean all-American family adopting Sean (and who wouldn't want to adopt Tom Guiry?) made famous as being the first time a child had sued his parents for divorce. Guiry's performance is good as he portrays all the emotions his character has to go through.

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The Shining (1980)

This film was recently shown on BBC TV. While the photography is good the acting is best described as 'over the top' by the adult actors. Danny Lloyd is great in his part but I don't think he knew much about what was going on.

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Shipwrecked (1990)

A bit of an amateur production and typical Disney but what a great looking boy actor in Stian Smestad. I had hoped there would be some Lord of the Flies scenes of Stian swimming in the altogether but no such luck. The film was a rollicking tale of pirates and skulduggery even if Gabriel Byrne's uniform was not very British.

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Silent Night (2002)

A great boy film complete with social message. Fine performance from Matthew Harbour as the young German boy, Fritz, spending Christmas Eve with his mother in 1944. Matthew plays his part with sensitivity caught as he is between wanting to serve his country and Fuehrer and finding out the Yanks aren't as bad as he was led to believe.

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

BOY ACTOR OSCAR RATING. A really great thriller with a supernatural twist at the end that works very well. Haley Joel Osment is outstanding as the boy who sees dead people. His performance was certainly worthy of a BA Oscar.

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Skellig (2009)

Unusual but with a great performance from Bill Milner.

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Sleepers (1996)

Not often you get four teen boy actors in one film and showing off their bodies in some scenes too. Not often, either, you get four adult big screen names in one film. The four boys were great in their parts but had to disappear half way through the film. Okay but nothing great.

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Sling Blade (1996)

With his Southern drawl, Lucas Black is spot on in his role as young Frank. He gives able support to Billy Bob Thornton as the simple minded Carl. The DVD extras reveal that Thornton had all the parts filled for his film except a 10 year old kid. He cast Lucas after seeing a video his mother made of her son in their backyard. A great film showing compassion, an unlikely friendship and ultimate tragedy.

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Good movie with great acting from the boys. Not so good about the problems, moneywise, that followed the young actors after the film was made.

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Snow (2006)

A somewhat 'arty' short with little dialogue, so little dialogue I wonder the father didn't scream the woods down at the death of his son. Or was the boy dead?

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Somewhere in the Darkness (1998)

Here's another of those obscure boyfilm gems that crop up every now and then. Also another example of an unknown boy actor, Rowan Witt, playing a demanding role as a young boy trapped under a collapsed supermarket with only an old man to talk to in the claustrophobic darkness. Well acted by all concerned but good to see Rowan rising to the occasion in more ways than one. A great little film with an intriguing storyline.

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Son of Rambow (2007)

This film is rather over-rated, I think. While the two boys are splendid even if Will Poulter's, Lee, doesn't always come over as a bad enough bully, some of the scenes are stilted. In fact, some short scenes are inserted for no apparent reason.

A typical boyish romp with Bill Milner playing the shy, Brethren boy very believably.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2002)

Here we are with another obscure boy actor called Byron Taylor starring in a film on the magic of Merlin and sorcery theme. The producers have attempted to set the film in England but it's obvious it was actually filmed in Byron's homeland of South Africa. All the usual ingredients are there: boy at odds with his parents, getting bullied at school and meeting nice girl. However, the best part of the film is in the relationship between Merlin (Robert Davi) and Ben (Byron Taylor). Moving to a new house Ben finds that Merlin resides next door! The build up of trust between the two is very well handled. Obviously aimed at a kiddies market, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' nevertheless comes over as a charming tale even if it does falter now and then.

Unfortunately, the DVD has no extras and so we learn nothing about Byron's background as an actor and how he came to get the part.

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Sorrell and Son (1984)

An interesting series though the adult characters tend to be either very nice or very bad and not much in between. Paul Critchley is quite good as the boy, Kit. Warwick Deeping (what a marvellous name) churned out his books roughly one a year, similar to A J Cronin.

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The Sound of Music (1965)

A great film with Nicholas Hammond playing Friedrich and consequently the star of the musical.

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