A Separate Peace (2004)

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John Knowles's celebrated allegorical novel has been given a new screen interpretation in this made-for-cable adaptation. Gene (J. Barton) and Finny (Toby Moore) are two students at an upscale prep school during World War II; like their fellow classmates, Gene and Finny are trying to complete their schoolwork before they're drafted and sent overseas. Gene is bright but introspective, while Finny is outgoing and athletic but not a distinguished scholar. Gene and Finny strike up a friendship, and Gene finds that Finny's charm and charisma begins to rub off on him. However, Gene also finds that his more active social life is putting damper on his schoolwork, and his fondness for Finny fades into a distrust and resentment, as he begins to believe that the poorer student wants to bring him down to his intellectual level. The rift between Gene and Finny continues to grow until it manifests itself in a shocking act that will change them both forever. Also featuring Hume Cronyn (who gave his final screen appearance as the Headmaster), A Separate Peace was produced for the Showtime premium cable network, where it first aired in the fall of 2004; an earlier theatrical film version was released in 1972.
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R
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Cubasugar Entertainment

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Cast

Hume Cronyn
as Prof. Carmichael
Jacob Pitts
as Brinker
Sean McCann
as Dr. Stanpole
Toby Moore
as Phineas
Adam Frost
as Harry
J Barton
as Gene
Colin Fox
as Prof. Fitzwinkle
R.D. Reid
as Farmer
John Bayliss
as Mr. Radford
John Peters
as Phys. Ed. Instructor
Linda Goranson
as Mrs. Carmichael
Lise Lebel-Wagner
as Mlle. Lebecque
Bazil Williams
as Conductor
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½

A separate peace was a book I love as a high school. I'm not sure I would love it as much as an adult. In any case this was a disappointment because it really just skimmed the story. The gay subtext is still there but the focus on friendship nearly disappears. It also gets wrapped up in a warm fuzzy way that was very different from the book ending.

Dan Rosson
Dan Rosson

A bit trite, or maybe just familiar (and I liked "Dead Poet's Society" better, but I liked the scenery, and since I went to an all-girl's school, I'm a bit of a sucker for this sort of movie. Otherwise, I might have given this one an "OK" 2 stars.

Lesley Looper
Lesley Looper

I just don?t understand why there isn?t a decent movie made about this awful book. It just doesn?t make sense to me; basically every high school has to read this. They can?t make a timeless version that people will be interested in seeing so it makes the book more tolerable? It seems like a no-brainer. Either that, or education needs to be revamped as whole and the canon rethought.

Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas

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