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A very well made, and impossible to find, movie that tells the true story of a 12-year-old boy who forges his mother's signature to join the United States Navy during World War II. It is based on the real life of Calvin Graham, who was the youngest American serviceman of the war.
Calvin Graham (Ricky Schroder), a 12-year-old boy who looks older than his age, shows up at a naval base in uniform with a set of sealed orders. After his orders are reviewed, Graham is arrested without explanation and taken to the brig. While in prison, he has a series of flashbacks during which he forges his mother's signature to enlist, completes basic training and is assigned to the USS South Dakota (BB-57).
Graham unsuccessfully tries to get himself released from prison by saying he is underage, but nobody believes him. He then learns that he's in prison for desertion and, as a result, is unable to get any messages out.
When Graham is asked about a wound in the back of his head, he remembers the USS South Dakota fighting in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. One of Graham's shipmates is killed, and several others, including Graham, are wounded. Lauding Graham's bravery, the ship's captain recommends him for two Purple Hearts. Graham's ship enters port in New York City for repairs, but when Graham learns that his grandmother has died, he asks to go to Texas to attend her funeral. The ship's executive officer, who has assumed command, gives Graham a four-day pass, knowing he cannot make it back in time. He tells Graham to go to the recruiting office in Texas and turn himself in when the pass expires. Graham reports as directed, expecting his story about being underage to be verified so he can be released. However, as depicted, he is arrested instead.
Graham spends his 13th birthday being nearly worked to death by abusive guards who refuse to believe him. Meanwhile, his sister receives an anonymous phone call telling her that Graham is in the brig. After pleading with the Provost Marshal gets her nowhere, she is desperate and goes to the newspaper...
Ricky Schroder ... Calvin Graham
Jon DeVries ... Captain Gatch
Debra Mooney ... Calvin's Mother
Rick Warner ... Holbrook
Tom Wood ... Davy Cluff
Mary-Louise Parker ... Pearl Spencer
Christopher Curry ... Laslo
John Linton ... Scotty Bloxom
Markus Flanagan ... Sparky
David Gianopoulos ... MacBride
Year Released: 1988 - Running Time: 100 min - Language: English
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Video & Audio: 8 out of 10
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