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The Boys (1962)

When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same ... See full summary »

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Victor Webster
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Montgomery
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Stan Coulter
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Billy Herne
Tony Garnett ...
Ginger Thompson
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Barney Lee
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The Judge
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Robert Brewer (as Wilfred Bramble)
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Randolph St. John (as Alan Cuthbertson)
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Gordon Lonsdale
Wensley Pithey ...
Mr. Coulter (as Wensley Athey)
Kenneth J. Warren ...
George Tanner
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Mr. Lee
David Lodge ...
Mr. Herne
Mavis Villiers ...
Celia Barker
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When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same incidents that led up to the crime. After re-examining the suspects' statements, the prosecuting counsel finally learns the truth. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Jess Conrad has said in interviews that Sidney J. Furie told "The Boys" to tear up the script, and improvise their dialogue. See more »

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Montgomery: These were no more than boys trying to have an evening out.
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Written by Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch & Hank B. Marvin
Played by The Shadows
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dated, but still clever
20 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I almost avoided this because of its low ratings in some film guides, but decided at the last minute to watch. This film works very well because it presents events from two perspectives - first, from everyone who encounters the four boys (accused of robbery and murder) during their night out, and then, from the viewpoint of the boys themselves as they give evidence. This means that most scenes are filmed and presented twice, which works well in the context of a courtroom drama.

What works especially well though is that the film does not conclude in the way you might expect, which makes it strong and relevant even many years after capital penalties for murder, for example, have been removed. Good performances from leads and cameos both.


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