An extraordinary war film.
The most extraordinary battle ever fought by the bravest army that ever had to be home for dinner.
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An Absolute Masterpiece, 20 July 1999
Author: (email@example.com) from Albuquerque, NM
Remember when you were a child and you and your friends engaged in a mock war? Remember how, just like real war, it seemed to get out of hand all too quickly? Well, that's what happens to the pre-adolescent and early-adolescent boys in this modern Hungarian classic, one of the best movies you (probably) never heard of. I don't want to say much more about the plot, but the ending will tear your heart out. I can hardly imagine a more profoundly antiwar statement. Masterfully written, directed and acted by all involved. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and quite possibly deserved to win. Should be available on video but apparently isn't; if it were not for late-night TV, how would we ever get to see jewels like this in the USA?
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A lost (???) Masterpiece., 4 April 2000
Author: Paulo A. Pereira (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Sao Paulo, Brazil
A superbly crafted film. Ferenc Molnar's play, set in early 20th century's Budapest, is masterfully re-created in this motion picture. It depicts a soothingly naive pre-first war world, when comradeship and honor were still known words. A group of boys fight to keep their playground. But don't let such a simple plot mislead you: This is a very serious and moving film: It displays a world about to deep dive into its first global war, when all naivety would be replaced by evil and malice. Two other later films "Stand By Me" and "The Outsiders" follow the same line, but have a much less ominous background scenario to play upon. A must see.
20th Century-Fox released the film, and it seems they have forgot about it. And they shouldn't have.