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Cipher in the Snow (1974)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | October 1974 (USA)
Asking to leave a school bus, Cliff, a young teenager, collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His math teacher is asked to notify the parents and then write a short obituary. ... See full summary »

Director:

Keith J. Atkinson

Writers:

Jean Mizer (story), Carol Lynn Pearson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Bridges Robert Bridges
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball
Jacqueline Mayo Jacqueline Mayo
Roberta Shore ... Peggy, school secretary
Walter Stocker Walter Stocker
Mary Cox Mary Cox
Larry Watts Larry Watts
Martha Henstrom Martha Henstrom
Kirk Hutchings Kirk Hutchings
Ronald Jenkins Ronald Jenkins ... Bus Driver
Court LeRoy Court LeRoy
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Storyline

Asking to leave a school bus, Cliff, a young teenager, collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His math teacher is asked to notify the parents and then write a short obituary. This task is difficult, for although he was Cliff's favorite teacher and had the most interaction of any at the school, he barely knew him. In unraveling the mystery of the untimely death, he finds that Cliff was shy, lonely, and ostracized, being slowly reduced to nothing, a zero (cipher). He vows to not let this happen to others. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Short | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cipher in the Snow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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CIPHER IN THE SNOW was adopted by the NEA and was used as an initiation to grade school kids in the '70s as part of the standard curriculum. See more »

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Referenced in The Field Is White (2002) See more »

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A Movie You Won't Forget, Except For Maybe The Title
4 February 2005 | by cutterccbaxterSee all my reviews

Over the past 30 years I've thought about this film off and on. I saw it in junior high school back in the day when films were shown via 16mm projectors. The scene of the kid getting off the bus and dying stuck with me. I didn't remember the title of the film, but this is why the IMDb is so great. I have been watching episodes of "The Virginian" in the past year. I looked up "The Virginian" on IMDb and started looking at what other projects the cast members have appeared in. Much to my surprised delight I discovered Roberta Shore from "The Virginian" was in a movie where a kid got off the bus and died. And so now I know the best film I ever saw in a junior high classroom is called, "Cipher In The Snow."


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