Powerful movie


Hard to believe it's been 17 years since it aired. There are some images that I haven't forgotten. The dentist confronting him about his real age during his physical exam for the military. The casual dropping of his application file onto the accepted stack afterwards. The vividness of the bombings on his ship, as he fought back and survived. I don't remember how the awol/leave screw up happened anymore. But I do remember him always trying to tell the truth about what really happened, and being despised as a traitor instead. He suffered a lot more in prison and civilian life, after serving the country he fought for. Whether it meant anything (in old age or was it post-humously) about finally receiving recognition is unknown. His poor mom told him that she would not agree to authorize him off to war. He was too young to be a hero, as he was only a boy. (Thus the movie title) Oh, man. There's a gut-wrenching scene when an officer in the military brig is struck with a reality check. After treating him as mean as the adult prisoners - a boy child in a man's body was in front of him. There were so many unspoken emotions shown on that man's face. This movie needs to be aired more often. I'm not a fan of war movies, but Ricky Schroder has delivered some powerful acting in the drama category. Particularly in movies that are based on real-life people. Check out a Son's Promise sometime.

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The movie was great!

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