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The Explosive Generation (1961)

 -  Drama  -  October 1961 (USA)
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High school teacher gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter Gifford
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Janet Sommers
Lee Kinsolving ...
Dan Carlyle
Billy Gray ...
Bobby Herman Jr.
Stephen Dunne ...
Bobby Herman Sr.
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Mr. George Sommers
Virginia Field ...
Mrs. Katie Sommers
Phillip Terry ...
Mr. Carlyle
Hanna Landy ...
Mrs. Carlyle
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Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell ...
Marge Ryker
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Mrs. Ryker
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Mark
Peter Virgo Jr. ...
George
Bruce Kerner ...
Mark
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Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. The parents get wind of what Gifford is about to do, notify the principal, and he warns Peter not to read the questions in class. Gifford decides to go against this and is suspended. The whole student body protests, and the administration gets worried on what to do. Written by Pat McCurry

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They look like kids -- but they want love like adults! See more »

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Frühreife Generation  »

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Although a drama set in a (then) contemporary setting, the movie contains actors who had already or would become science-fiction legends; Billy Gray co-starred in the science-fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and his co-star from "Father Knows Best", Elinor Donahue, would later be featured as a guest star in one of the original Star Trek episodes (Metamorphosis)as Commissioner Nancy Hedford. Of course, the star of the movie, William Shatner would go on to fame as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, while the father of co-star Beau Bridges (Lloyd Bridges) was one of the actors considered by Star trek's creator, Gene Roddenberry to be the star of the series as the Captain of the Enterprise. See more »

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The first time William Shatner enters the classroom, a microphone is visible at the top of the frame for a full ten seconds. See more »

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Mrs. Katie Sommers: What do you mean "prove" your love?
Janet Sommers: Well if you don't know, maybe you'd better ask DAD!
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Referenced in Mommy's Day (1997) See more »

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Wait for Me
By Hal Borne
Sung by Kim Charney (as Kimm Charney)
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Surprisingly well done and non-sensationalistic
7 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film stars William Shatner as a teacher who teaches class for Seniors on subjects related to graduation and adulthood. However, when he is having a discussion with them, they begin asking about sex and dating. Considering they are graduating soon and many are already 18, the request is pretty reasonable. While the talk never even remotely becomes smutty, when the parents find out about it, the older generation does what every responsible parent would do--they become hysterical and want the teacher's head on a platter! The main thrust (so to speak) of the film is healthy sexuality as well as academic freedom and non-violent resistance.

What surprised me, however, about this film is that the topic was dealt with very realistically and responsibly. In addition, the kids and especially Shatner did a good job of acting. This really was a shock, as Shatner did NOT talk in his usual staccato voice nor did he overact in the least. While I have loved watching Shatner and his histrionics in such terrible films as IMPULSE, here he has nothing to be ashamed of--his acting (pre-star days) was good.


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