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Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

Hi. I thought that this would have been on CBS CFF, but maybe I'm wrong. I remember that there is a vacant lot and two fighting groups of kids. I think they may have dug trenches on either side. Maybe one boy gets hurt very badly? I remember it in b&w, but could be wrong. I wonder if anyone knows this film.

Related, what a great program this was. It assumed that kids were smart and open enough to enjoy films from other countries. Doubt if it would ever appear on tv today.

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Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

Hey Tim,
My name is Paul. I am 47. Are we thinking of the same film?
I remember children hanging out in a vacant junkyard on a double decker bus.This has rattled my brain for years.

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Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

Hi Paul. I don't remember the double decker, but that obviously wouldn't be out of place in a British film.
Tim

Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

Tim:

I *think* the film you may be remembering is "Reach for Glory". See the Wikipedia entry here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reach_for_Glory

If this is the one, it wasn't broadcast on the Festival. It does share a director with one CCFF entry, "Hand in Hand".

Paul:

I'll answer your question in your other post.

Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

Phil, I think you are exactly right. Thanks so much for that. I'll try to track it down.
Best,
Tim

Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

THe other reference is to the "Double Decker Kids" a series which aired in the 70's ... Peter Firth starred and a girl named Gillian.

Can't remember much else.

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Re: Brit(?) film about kids staging a war in a vacant lot??

You may be thinking of a Hungarian movie called "The Boys of Paul Street". It was an allegorical thing from the 60's about kids fighting in a vacant lot as 'armies'.

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