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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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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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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 »

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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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A Surprisingly Well-Done Look At Sex in the 1960s
22 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A high school teacher (Wiliam Shatner) gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

This was the directing debut of Buzz Kulik, who went on to make the cult classic "Bad Ronald" as well as several episodes of "Twilight Zone" (though not, oddly, the ones with William Shatner).

I had low expectations for this film and only watched it because today was Shatner's 82nd birthday. Seemed like a good time to check out career highlights. And this one is a bit of a stunner.

For being 1961, which is really more the 1950s than the 1960s, it has a very honest look at sex and the idea that high school teenagers engage in sexual activity. While times have changed and kids today are certainly more "free" than fifty years ago, it is nice to see a film that actually addressed the subject rather than pretending it did not exist.


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