Sort of a mixed and confusing message...though still an entertaining film.
Stanley Baker plays Truman--a detective in Liverpool. When he gets on the wrong side of his boss, he's asked (i.e., forced) to volunteer to work with a juvenile diversion program. So, instead of locking kids up, he's supposed to try to keep them from going into lives of crime.At first, he's less than thrilled, as this goes against the sort of cop he's always been. But, he seems to eventually get into the routine working with a couple young twins--hardly the hoodlum sort, but with their family background, they certainly could be on their way. What Truman and the rest of the family doesn't know is that their older brother, Johnnie (David McCallum) is seriously disturbed. How disturbed and ultimately what he does is something you'll just have to see for yourself.
The worst thing about this film isn't the fault of the filmmakers. I watched the film streaming from Netflix and the captioning was insanely bad. Words like 'urchins' was written 'our chins' and many times what appeared on the screen had NOTHING to do with what was being said.
As for the film, I also think it wasn't sure what it was trying to say. On one hand, the film was a touchy-feely fort of social issue film like "To Sir, With Love" as well as a gripping crime drama! Now I am not saying that this made the film bad--but the focus was blurred and because of this, the film, to me, seemed to just miss the mark.
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