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Violent Playground (1958)

Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

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Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

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EVERY CITY HAS ITS DANGEROUS YOUTH. Stark, explosive drama - as the camera lays bare the heart of a big city and probe the secrets of its Violent Playground.

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7 March 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Shot July-September 1957, copyright 1958. See more »

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Despite its Liverpool setting not a single character speaks with a Merseyside (Liverpool) accent in the entire film. See more »

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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Play Rough
Music by Philip Green (as Phil Green)
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
Sung by Johnny Luck (Fontana Recording Artist) with Ken Jones and his Orchestra
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Sort of a mixed and confusing message...though still an entertaining film.
25 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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