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The Explosive Generation (1961)

High school teacher gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

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Peter Gifford
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Janet Sommers
Lee Kinsolving ...
Dan Carlyle
Virginia Field ...
Mrs. Katie Sommers
Stephen Dunne ...
Bobby Herman Sr. (as Steve Dunne)
Phillip Terry ...
Mr. Carlyle
Arch Johnson ...
Mr. George Sommers
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Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell ...
Marge Ryker
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Terry
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Mark
Peter Virgo ...
Fred - Dean of Boys
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Police Captain
Bruce Kerner ...
Mark
Peter Virgo Jr. ...
George
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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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Never has youth gone on such a rampage... never has a motion picture gone so far in telling their raging story! See more »

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October 1961 (USA)  »

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Frühreife Generation  »

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Director Buzz Kulik's first feature film. 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 »

Quotes

Dan Carlyle: Listen, I want to ask you...
Police Captain: You'll ask me *nothing*. It's about time you kids were seen and not heard! 30 seconds, alright, hook up those fire hoses!
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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 earnest
27 August 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the lurid poster and title, The Explosive Generation is an enlightened, sensitive, and even-handed treatment of the issues involved in attempting to include a sexual education curriculum in high schools in the early 1960's. William Shatner is sensitive, realistic, gentle, and winning as the teacher trying to his best only to find his words and methods distorted by those with other agendas.

Patty McCormack (known for the Bad Seed, Kathy O, the Miniskirt Mob, and the Ropers) is quite good as the ingenue made to feel suddenly uncomfortable about her own sexuality in increasingly tense and challenging times. 50's TV fans will enjoy seeing Bud from Father Knows Best (Billy Gray) as one of the students. This is truly worth seeing both as a movie and as a history lesson.


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