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The Delinquents (1957)

The Delinquents





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Filmed on location in Kansas City, The Delinquents was the first big-screen directorial effort by Robert Altman, who also wrote and produced the film. Altman's participation is far more impressive than the film itself, which is pretty bad. Future Billy Jack star Tom Laughlin plays Scotty, a nice teenager who goes bad in a hurry. Told to get lost by the father of his girl friend Janice (Rosemary Howard), Scott gets mixed up with a street gang, headed by the ineluctable Richard Bakalyan. The film's highlight is a rumble at a drive-in movie, which is so much better than the rest of The Delinquents that it stands out like an unsore thumb. For music fans, Julia Lee and the Bill Nolan Quintet Minus Two offer a rendition of the deathless "Dirty Rock Boogie."more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman
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United Artists


Helene Hawley
as Mrs. White
Leonard Belove
as Mr. White
Lotus Corelli
as Mrs. Wilson
James Lantz
as Mr. Wilson
Shelby Storck
as Cholly's Father
Kermit Echols
as Bartender
Joe Adleman
as Station Attendant
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The film didn't even have good music to go with its teen story.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
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The thing that I love about this movie is that my generation can't really tell the "hoods" from the.."goods" I guess.. you know?. They're all wearing highwater khakis but it was the attitude that made em different. Good movie. I really enjoy 50's teenage angst movies.

rocko perkovich

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A decade before Tom Laughlin would become famous for playing Billy Jack, he played Scotty Jack. Well, not exactly but he does play a cleancut teenager named Scotty who is in love with Janice a girl whose strict father disallows her to go steady with Scotty. Scotty gets angry and drives off to the drive-in by himself where he meets a gang of young toughs led by Cholly. Thinking the kids are o.k. he decides to trust Cholly and allow him to pickup Janice posing as her date so Scotty can see her. Problems arise because now Cholly wants to share his gangs festivities with Scotty who is beginning to get a bad feeling about his new pal. After Cholly's party gets raided by the cops Cholly's gang blames Scotty and seek revenge against the young man. This is one of those morality films complete with a narrator at the start and end of the film.

Curtis Reynolds

The Delinquents (1957) -- [4.0] -- Robert Altman made his directorial debut with this inauspicious teenaged rebellion romp. It's hard to find any of the qualities that would later define Altman's style here, but if you had to rip off "Rebel without a Cause," I suppose you could do worse. The acting is hit and miss (I'm being generous), the stakes aren't very high, and the opening/closing narration is hilariously bad.

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