Police Lieutenant Lacey, with aid from Coach Bettger, heads a crack-down on dope-peddling to high-school athletes. One kid dies from an overdose, two more kill a gas station attendant in an... See full summary »
Police Lieutenant Lacey, with aid from Coach Bettger, heads a crack-down on dope-peddling to high-school athletes. One kid dies from an overdose, two more kill a gas station attendant in an aborted hold-up attempt to get money to buy dope, and a third dies in a fall in a condemned empty building while fleeing from the law. With the aid of some outraged students, the dope pusher is brought to justice. Sheila Urban plays a character named Julie Bishop. Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Entertaining and gritty camp slice of anti-drug propaganda
On the plus side, "The Curfew Breakers" does make use heroin as its drug of choice for some anti-drug moralizing (opposed to other films which used marijuana). As most people know by this point, marijuana isn't physically addictive whereas heroin is. Still, that doesn't prevent "The Curfew Breakers" (or "Hooked", as its titled on the Something Weird print) from being an absolutely incoherent laugh riot. This title would've been perfect for a lampooning from the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" crew and its pretty entertaining on its own. All of the acting is over-the-top, the story is choppy in the extreme, and the teenagers look roughly thirty-five. I especially enjoyed the ultra-square police investigator protagonist who makes Jack Webb look like Ken Kesey!
In addition to lots of campy moments, there's a nice amount of grit on display here. Many of these 50s juvenile delinquency tales could be considered more low-rent versions of film noir because of their presentation and often incredibly bleak world view. There's a naturalistic look to many of the locations, including many a sleazy dive for dealing drugs. Because of both the camp factor and some moments of actual quality, "Curfew Breakers" is recommended to fans of vintage teenage schlock. (6/10)
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