Reach for Glory (1962)

Reach for Glory
Directed by Philip Leacock
Written by Jun Kin, John Kohn and John Rae from Rae’s novel
Blazer Films
First viewing/Netflix

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. THOMAS MANN, attributed, This I Believe

British schoolboys behave eerily like Hitler Youth as they dream of glory in WWII.

In a small English coastal town,  home boys and evacuees from London and farther afield can hardly wait to be old enough to go off to war.  In the meantime, they are drilled three times a week in use of firearms, etc.  Unfortunately, the basic anti-Semitism of their parents hasn’t escaped them and bullies will be bullies even in wartime.  The teens’ war games go tragically amiss.

This was an uncomfortable watch with few likable  characters.  Doesn’t make it a bad movie though.


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