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The Young Runaways (1968)

Approved | | Drama | 1 January 1970 (Mexico)
Follows the lives of three unrelated teenagers as they run away from their respective homes, each for different reasons. Arriving in Chicago, one tries to make good with his life only to ... See full summary »

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Shelley Allen
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Dewey Norson
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Raymond Marquis Allen
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Deanie Donford
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Mrs. Donford
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Freddy 'Sage'
James Edwards ...
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Carol Mae
Ken Del Conte ...
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Follows the lives of three unrelated teenagers as they run away from their respective homes, each for different reasons. Arriving in Chicago, one tries to make good with his life only to find it a little more difficult than he had imagined; one falls in with "the rock and roll set" and comes to a violent end; and one gets mixed up with prostitutes, but comes good in the end. Shows things from both the parents' side and the kids' side. The underlying story is that you can't solve your problems on the road if you can't solve them at home. Written by Kevin Steinhauer {K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU}

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Jovens Fugitivos  »

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Final film of Lynn Bari. See more »

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When one of the characters steals a car, we are shown the key is in the ignition to the right of the steering wheel. However, the thief sits down, holds the steering wheel with his right hand, and gestures forward with his left hand as if to start the car. We hear car start sounds which is not possible from hand placement. See more »

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Couldn't We?
Written by James D. Weatherly, John D. Lobue and Leland Russell
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Like something out of a late 60s TV show
17 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is about three suburban teens who run away to Chicago and encounter 1960s life in the big city. It was a time capsule with psychedelic music and a lot of "what's your bag/groovy" kind of talk. It reminded me of TV show episodes from that time that provided cautionary tales about the siren call of the youthquake of that era.

Brooke Bundy is a girl recruited by prostitutes. Kevin Couglin is a boy who runs out on his pregnant girl friend. He was a former child star, had a good role in "The Defiant Ones" "Bad Seed" herself, Patty McCormack ,is here as boy crazy teen who ends up in a triangle with two rock musicians. She's all grown up but still recognizable with those scary eyes.

The film is most enjoyable for all the familiar faces in the cast. Lloyd Bochner is Bundy's ad exec dad, a pre "Bewitched" Dick Sargent is a kind hearted guy who supplies food and shelter to runaway kids, James Edwards as a cop who works with juveniles, Norman Fell and Lynn Bari are McCormack's bickering parents and best of all, Richard Dreyfuss is a car thief.

Some of the dialog was trying so hard to be hip it ended up being camp but maybe it was because I wasn't use to actors like Dick Sargent speaking hippie-speak (yea, man can you dig it!). Then there are the strangely contemporary pink hues in the hair of the alcoholic mother of the runaway son, the sets, the costumes, and the jargon-laced dialogue especially from Dreyfuss all combined to make this a "Mod Squad" experience. All that was missing was Sgt. Friday of Dragnet showing up with his eyebrows knit giving all of these wayward youth a monotone yet rapid fire lecture.


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