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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Mr. George Sommers
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Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell ...
Marge Ryker
Jan Norris ...
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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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

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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Pivot point
19 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much when I began watching this movie. By the end, I was completely stunned. Although it's billed as a film about teaching sex education in high school in 1961, it is, in fact, about the pivot point at which the silent generation gave way to the "explosive" boomers- the generation that wouldn't take no for an answer. What could have been filled with cheap platitudes about honesty in education and life, turned out to be a really deep exploration of how and why the generations changed from the 1950s to 1960s. The fact that it was made at the time it was happening and no one could know where this would all lead made it more amazing.


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