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December (1991)

Balthazar Getty , Jason London , Gabe Torres  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Balthazar Getty, Jason London, Brian Krause, Wil Wheaton, Chris Young
  • Directors: Gabe Torres
  • Writers: Gabe Torres
  • Producers: Donald Paul Pemrick, Harold Welb, Kevin Reidy, Melissa Cobb, Miles A. Copeland III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001A99MY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Wil Wheaton (Stand by Me), Chris Young (Book of Love) and Balthazar Getty (Young Guns II) star as three best friends facing the most important decision of their lives. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and changed the course of history. For five prep students in New Hampshire, the war had seemed a world away. But the savage surprise attack brings the war home, and the high school buddies suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the fight. A powerful coming-of-age story in the tradition of Dead Poets Society, DECEMBER is a compelling reminder that not every hero goes to war.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you're a fan of Wil Wheaton, this is one of his biggest, best roles. It's a drama about 5 prep boys debating weather to join up after Pearl Harbor. The whole thing takes place during one night, December 8th 1941. Wheaton is taking a pacifist position, putting his best friendship with a patriot at risk. These boys seem to have a new emotional crisis in every scene, and unfortunately that makes their competent acting seem a bit over the top, and about halfway through the film it loses it's effect. However, you'll probably like December if you liked all of the following movies, even if it isn't as good as any of them: Stand By Me, Toy Soldiers, Dead Poet's Society, and The Emperor's Club. Of course they never do resolve who is right, or even tell what happens to any of them in the war; but they raise thought-provoking issues, such as can friendship survive diametric positions of patirot vs. pacifist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone went to War on December 7,1941 June 20, 2007
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DECEMBER is a fairly straightforward look at five New Hampshire Prep school chums who on a single night have to make a decision that for some is as easy as pie and for others is as terrifying as can be.Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor.The date is December 7,!941.Within minutes boys and men all over the U.S altered all of their plans for life and immediately entered the War effort (or so it is often portrayed!!!). DECEMBER takes a different approach; not everyone is gung-ho. DECEMBER examines how each boy feels about their prospects and motivations for entering WW2.

The problem with DECEMBER is that it is so centered on being a character study that it comes off more like a play for the stage.( Frankly, I think this film would have made a TERRIFIC stage play!). As a film, though, it is extremely claustrophobic, taking place in a dorm room, and the dialogue gets rather stale and tedious. In fact, I was squirming due to the lack of anything riveting to propel ANY action forward.What DECEMBER, though, does do well is to present the fact that not everyone in 1941 America was ready to drop everything to be a "hero." This, in itself, was refeshing enough to stand one viewing.

NOTE: the ONLY thing that DECEMBER has in common with DEAD POET'S SOCIETY or THE EMPEROR'S CLUB or HISTORY BOY'S is that it is filmed at a Prep School!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting November 14, 2013
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Great film for its exploration of teens wrestling with whether to join WWII. Is serious and not for the whiz-bang crowd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars historical and great October 19, 2013
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great historical movie. very accurate with the costumes, sets and information, sort of sad at times but overall a wonderful movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars December December 22, 2011
I thought this was a great movie. I liked how it portrayed the feelings of each young man in his decision to join in the war, or not.

Although I went to school with the director, I am not biased. Gabriel has always been a very talented story teller with a fabulous imagination. It would be an honor to have this movie in my collection. As far as language goes, it's pretty mild in comparison to many other movies out there. I'm sure that male students during this era used this language. It's not like swearing is anything new.
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Great teen angst and WW2 story about a group of teens that ponder what they should do after learning about Pearl Harbor being bombed by Japan.

Terribly hard to find this movie. Have sought it for more than 10 years. Glad to finally have a copy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Myopia! March 1, 2010
While it's healthy to be reminded that many (most, actually) Americans in late 1941 were opposed to entering World War two, this film displays a breathtaking sense of historical myopia. It makes much, rightly, of the emotional impact of Dalton Trumbo's pacifistic propoganda diatribe "Johnny Got His Gun" on the Will Wheaton character.

But as John Adams liked to say, "Facts are stubborn things." Mr. Trumbo was a militant Communist pushing an agenda. In the years leading up to World War Two, and after it began in 1939, Communists the world over (including in America) were ordered by Stalin to oppose the war and to oppose fighting Nazism- because to fight Hitler would help capitalist societies like Britain and France, then fighting for survival against Nazism. While ordering world-wide opposition to military preparedness ("militarism")to fight Hitler, Stalin was actually making back-door deals with Hitler to carve up Poland and other eastern European states. With breathtaking but typical Communist hypocrisy, when Russia was invaded by Hitler in June, 1941, Stlain ordered the world's Communists to agitate aggressively for a "Second Front Now," to releive Russia. War in defense of Poland, Britain, and France, according to Stalin and his sadly misguided Western followers like Mr. Trumbo, was senseless tragedy- but war to defend Stalins' regime was a morla imperitive- hence the hypocrisy of Mr. Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," that inspires the Will Wheaton character to oppose avenging Pearl Harbor.

None of this historical context of late 1941 is remotely mentioned in "December," although when Pearl Harbor was attacked, the brutal fighting in Russia, invlving millions of men, had been going on for six months after Hitler's invasion of Russia.
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