Cinema: School Ties

A SEPARATE PEACE

Directed by LARRY PEERCE Screenplay by FRED SEGAL

This is a movie about a boy who falls out of a tree. It touches, in addition, on such evergreen themes as coming of age, loss of innocence and passage into uncertain manhood. Such an undertaking represents a narrowing in scope for Larry Peerce, whose previous effort, The Sporting Club, dramatized the decline of the West. In symbolic terms, of course.

At the Devon School (portrayed by the Phillips Exeter Academy), young men sport and struggle through their studies, only intermittently aware of the global conflict that rages outside their ivy cloister....

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