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Like Father, Like Son (1961)

 -  Drama  -  1 August 1965 (USA)
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The story of a small-town football star, Chris Wotan, who defies society, morals and his God and gets into so much trouble that he is expelled from school. Told in flashbacks, usually in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Wotan
Ginny Miller
William Wellman Jr. ...
Robert Fuca ...
Priest (as Robert Angelo)
Linda March ...
Tury Martin
James Stacy ...
Chris Robinson ...
Dennis O'Flaherty ...
Bob Collona ...
Bob Colonna ...
Roxanne Heard ...
Joan Meyers
Football Coach Jennings
John Burns ...
Head Coach Ferguson
Ed Cook ...
Assistant Coach Webster
Jane Taylor ...
Tury's Friend


The story of a small-town football star, Chris Wotan, who defies society, morals and his God and gets into so much trouble that he is expelled from school. Told in flashbacks, usually in confession to the priest, Chris sets the tone early in the opening scene where he screams oaths before the altar and smashes a religious statue in a blind rage. Whether this is before or after a 14-year-old sexpot, Joan Meyers, corners him in the church choir-loft or when the parents of a pleasure-seeking rich girl, Tury by name, catch him in bed with Tury. And his father is the town sot and has to be bailed out of jail about once a week. Like that. Written by Les Adams <>

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If you're too old you'll be embarrassed! If you're too young you won't understand! See more »








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1 August 1965 (USA)  »

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Among the Thorns  »

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Intended as part of an aborted trilogy See more »


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Written by Shelly Manne
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Insufferably dull...and amateurish.
5 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a vanity project by auteur, Tom Laughlin. He wrote, directed, produced AND starred in this film--and it's amazing that anyone let him do any of these duties in the future because it's THAT bad. In fact, the film apparently sat for five years before it was released...because it's THAT bad! The film begins with a bang--Laughlin's character is in church and he's screaming at God and cursing Him. This was very powerful and you assume the film would be a strong film...which it isn't. It just peters out very quickly and Laughlin so underplays the role, it's like watching Billy a coma! He soon meets up with the priest from this church and apologizes to him for destroying some property and then, in an excruciatingly long flashback scene tells the man what led to his awful state...and the film soon goes downhill from here. The story is dull but made MUCH worse by amateurish acting and direction that seems non-existent. A few of the performances (such as the 190 year-old teacher) are WORSE than the stuff you'd see in an Ed Wood film--it was that bad. As the film limped along I kept waiting for something, ANYTHING exciting to happen...but it didn't. Just lots of over and under-acting as well as a glacially slow plot. How can you make a 'youth run wild' film THIS boring?!

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