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Reach for Glory

UK, English, 86 mins

  • Director: Philip Leacock
  • Writer: Jud Kimberg; John Kohn
  • Producer: Jud Kinberg; John Kohn

CGiii Comment

The cruelty of children...a very powerful anti-war film that has, sadly, been forgotten.

It will leave a distinct chill in your heart.

Utterly heartbreaking.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Harry Andrews as Capt. Curlew;
Kay Walsh as Mrs. Curlew;
Michael Anderson Jr. as Lewis Craig;
Oliver Grimm as Mark Stein;
Martin Tomlinson as John Curlew;
Freddy Eldrett as Willy Aldrich;
James Luck as Michael Freen;
John Coker as Peter Joy;
Michael Trubshawe as Maj. Burton;
Arthur Hewlett as Vicar;
Cameron Hall as Headmaster;
Allan Jeayes as Crabtree;
Richard Vernon as Dr. Aldrich;
Russell Waters as Mr. Freeman;
Pat Hayess as Mrs. Freeman

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