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May 11, 2015
Basil Dearden and Michael Relph were a director and producer partnership who decided to take on more riskier subjects towards the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s .
They tackled the issues of race, closeted homosexuality and with this film the issues of teen rebellion.
Of course the film being made in 1958 does mean that the message does feel a bit grey around the edges ,but despite that and the decision to film on location in Liverpool the film is an excellent snapshot of the nations view on the subjects of youth.
Stanley Baker plays a top cop who is assigned to deal local youths which he feels is a step down.
During the course of the film he runs in to the Murphy family who have there own problems with teen tearaway Johnny who may or may not be responsible for a cluster of fires across the city.
What follows is a touch creaky in places but thanks to Bakers performance and David McCallum as the teen rebel who ends up in a siege situation Dearden manages to make a strong social comment while giving us a tense and exciting thriller.
½ May 7, 2014
Kids don't walk no more, they roll.

A detective is assigned to patrol local playgrounds and try to teach children that police officers aren't so bad and juvenile hall is not their desired path. One of the first children the inspector tries to steer out of trouble, Johnnie, becomes a pyromaniac and nuisance to the neighborhood. Johnnie becomes a very rough character for the inspector to handle.

"You tell him to stop asking questions."
"Dry it, kid."

Basil Dearden, director of Masquerade, Woman of Straw, A Place to Go, Victim, Man in the Moon, The Man Who Haunted Himself, Dead of the Night, The League of Gentlemen, and Khartoum, delivers Violent Playground. The storyline for this picture was interesting and entertaining to watch unfold. The characters were interesting and the acting was very solid. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Stanley Baker, David McCallum, and Tsai Chin.

"If you fight a war against my children I'll tie it around your neck and throw you under the docks."

Violent Playground is a movie I targeted off Netflix since it starred Peter Cushing and I had never heard of it. The movie is definitely more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, but it was still fun to see Cushing in this role. It was interesting to see Cushing as a priest and not trying to kill vampires or some creature of the night. Overall, this movie is worth watching once if you're a fan of the old classics.

"If you kill again, you kill yourself."

Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
November 3, 2012
Excellent character driven, hard hitting thriller set amongst the slums of post war Liverpool. Stanley Baker is very good as a police detective, Peter Cushing superb as a priest and Anne Heywood and David McCallum as the Murphys. Clifford Evans is thoroughly wonderful as the local headmaster.
½ April 17, 2012
black and white film about your stereotypical johnny gone bad delinquent against society.a good ending helps this worth watching as does good lead and supporting roles.featuring a young freddie starr and the title song's a hoot.
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