The Explosive Generation (1961)





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In this socially conscious drama, based on a true-story, a high school teacher gets in trouble for having his students write compositions describing their feelings about sex. He is suspended; his students unite to defend him. A confrontation with the prudish school board ensues.
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William Shatner
as Peter Gifford
Patty McCormack
as Janet Sommers
Virginia Field
as Mrs. Katie Sommers
Lee Kinsolving
as Dan Carlyle
Billy Gray
as Bobby Herman Jr.
Phillip Terry
as Mr. Carlyle
Hanna Landy
as Mrs. Carlyle
Edward Platt
as Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell
as Marge Ryker
Jocelyn Brando
as Mrs. Ryker
Peter Virgo
as Dean of Men
Mark Lowell
as Printing Teacher
Judee Morton
as Charlene
Jan Norris
as Terry
Stafford Repp
as Police Captain
Vito Scotti
as Custodian
Anne Dore
as The Girl
Michael Gibbs
as Substitute Teacher
Ronnie Kelman
as Basketball Player
Lee Harris
as Basketball Player
Jim D'Arcy
as Basketball Player
Stephen Dunne
as Bobby Herman Sr.
Arch Johnson
as Mr. Sommers
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Critic Reviews for The Explosive Generation

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Full Review… | September 21, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

For a B movie "The Explosive Generation" isn't half bad--and it's fun watching Shatner in his first big feature role.

Full Review… | March 20, 2011
Movie Metropolis

William Shatner's first big role is in this low-budget youth film.

Full Review… | June 9, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... an early celebration of social protest from the youth generation.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007
Turner Classic Movies Online

Audience Reviews for The Explosive Generation


For a B movie "The Explosive Generation" isn't half bad--and it's fun watching Shatner in his first big feature role.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Surprisingly not too bad. Slightly more mature than the typical 1960s youth versus the establishment film. Strong performances all around, particularly William Shatner and Patty McCormack.

Lance Styles
Lance Styles

This was a good movie and if you put it in context of when it was made, it is a great movie. A teacher asks his students what they want to talk about. They want to talk honestly and openly about sex. He knows he will get in trouble, but after much insistence from the students, he decides to go ahead. Someone tells their parents about it and they go nuts and get all the parents to get the teacher fired. The students start a protest. It isn't until the end of the movie that the parents finally listen to their kids and realize it isn't the teacher's fault. Their kids have questions and had no one to turn to for answers.

Angie Kruse
Angie Kruse

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