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Stu Simmons (Wood) and his sister Lidia have a small group of friends that includes two black girls, Elvadine and Amber. There is a rival gang of all white kids all having the last name of Lipnicki. They frequently have fights that are similar to gang wars except that they're still too young for real weapons.

They start school and their teacher is a very racist white woman whose first action is to make all the black children sit in the back. She then assigns everyone to write an essay on "Why the world is a bowl full of cherries".

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Stu Simmons (Wood) and his sister Lidia have a small group of friends that includes two black girls, Elvadine and Amber. There is a rival gang of all white kids all having the last name of Lipnicki. They frequently have fights that are similar to gang wars except that they're still too young for real weapons.

weapons. They start school and their teacher is a very racist white woman whose first action is to make all the black children sit in the back. She then assigns everyone to write an essay on "Why the world is a bowl full of cherries".



Elvadine finally gets fed up with the racist teacher and instead of turning in an essay, she tells the teacher exactly what for in an amazing speech for such a young girl. [[spoiler:The teacher is silenced and intimidated but not for long. The girl is expelled.]]

[[spoiler:Then after Stu's father dies in a mining accident, Stu and his friends have had enough and they get into the fight to end all fights with the Lipnicki's. But while they are fighting, the youngest one climbs a water tower, falls in and nearly drowns. All the kids pull together to save the youngest and the fight is ended.]]

Not to be confused with Creator/KenBurns' 2007 documentary miniseries about WorldWarII.

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Elvadine finally gets fed up with the racist teacher and instead of turning in an essay, she tells the teacher exactly what for in an amazing speech for such a young girl. [[spoiler:The teacher is silenced and intimidated but not for long. The girl is expelled.]]

[[spoiler:Then after Stu's father dies in a mining accident, Stu and his friends have had enough and they get into the fight to end all fights with the Lipnicki's. But while they are fighting, the youngest one climbs a water tower, falls in and nearly drowns. All the kids pull together to save the youngest and the fight is ended.]]

Not to be confused with Creator/KenBurns' 2007 documentary miniseries about WorldWarII.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



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* ShellShockedVeteran: Stu's father, Stephen.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Stu's father, Stephen.Stephen, suffers shell shock from Vietnam.


'''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet and starring Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor part of rural Mississippi in TheSeventies.

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'''''The War''''' ''The War'' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet and starring Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor part of rural Mississippi in TheSeventies.

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Not to be confused with Creator/KenBurns' 2007 documentary miniseries about WorldWarII.


Stu (Wood) and his sister Lidia have a small group of friends that includes two black girls, Elvadine and Amber. There is a rival gang of all white kids all having the last name of Lipnicki. They frequently have fights that are similar to gang wars except that they're still too young for real weapons.

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Stu Simmons (Wood) and his sister Lidia have a small group of friends that includes two black girls, Elvadine and Amber. There is a rival gang of all white kids all having the last name of Lipnicki. They frequently have fights that are similar to gang wars except that they're still too young for real weapons.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: Stu's father, Stephen.


'''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor part of rural Mississippi in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.

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'''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, Avnet and starring Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor part of rural Mississippi in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.
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'''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.

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'''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. rural Mississippi in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.


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'''The War''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.

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'''The War''' '''''The War''''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/KevinCostner star.


During the mid 1970s in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. a young boy grows up dealing with issues of racism and war. Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner star.

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During the mid 1970s '''The War''' is a 1994 drama directed by Jon Avnet, about a young boy who grows up dealing with issues of racism and war in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. a young boy grows up dealing with issues of racism in TheSeventies. Creator/ElijahWood and war. Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner Creator/KevinCostner star.


During the mid 1900s in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. a young boy grows up dealing with issues of racism and war. Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner star.

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During the mid 1900s 1970s in a poor rural part of the U.S.A. a young boy grows up dealing with issues of racism and war. Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner star.


* Catchphrase: Miss Strapford's "a bowl full of cherries".

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* Catchphrase: CatchPhrase: Miss Strapford's "a bowl full of cherries".

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* HomeBase: The two gangs fight over a treehouse that each side wants as a base. [[spoiler: In the end, both sides abandon the treehouse when they make peace with each other.]]


* GangBanbers: The're too young to be a true gang but the kids are on the threshold where they will become gangs if something doesn't change.

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* GangBanbers: GangBangers: The're too young to be a true gang but the kids are on the threshold where they will become gangs if something doesn't change.

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* GangBanbers: The're too young to be a true gang but the kids are on the threshold where they will become gangs if something doesn't change.

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* Catchphrase: Miss Strapford's "a bowl full of cherries".


* CondescendingCompassion: The teacher thinks that life is "a bowl full of cherries" when the black kids are segregated from the whites.

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* CondescendingCompassion: The teacher thinks that life is "a bowl full of cherries" when the black kids are segregated from the whites.whites.
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