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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
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Mrs. Katie Sommers
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Bobby Herman Sr. (as Steve Dunne)
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Mr. Carlyle
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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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October 1961 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

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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An intriguing and progressive time capsule
7 February 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Examines an explosive issue honestly from many points of view. Eschews cardboard characters to examine the psychological impact of teenage responsibility. Very even-handed performances all around. The movie is briskly paced from start to finish. Kulik expertly blends emotions and action in a manner reminiscent of "Brian's Song" which he would make 8 years later.


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