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The Young Graduates (1971)

GP  -  Drama  -  2 June 1971 (USA)
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Spunky and precocious high school senior Mindy Evans spurns her decent, but frustrated boyfriend Bill and has a fling with hunky married nice guy teacher Jack Thompson. Midy finds out that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Patricia Wymer ...
Mindy Evans
Steven Stewart ...
Jack Thompson
Gary Rist ...
Bill
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Les (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Jennifer Ritt ...
Gretchen Thompson
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Pan
Marly Holiday ...
Sandy
Anthony Mannino
Robert Almanza ...
Danny
Joe Pepe ...
Lieutenant (as Joe Pepi)
Max Manning ...
Bartender
Frances Tremaine ...
Teacher
Tom Benko ...
Reporter
Pat Russell ...
And Spare Change
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Spunky and precocious high school senior Mindy Evans spurns her decent, but frustrated boyfriend Bill and has a fling with hunky married nice guy teacher Jack Thompson. Midy finds out that she might be pregnant. While waiting for the results of her pregnancy test, Mindy decides to alleviate the tension by embarking on an impromptu road trip to Big Sur, California with her loyal best gal pal Sandy. Written by Woodyanders

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A wonderfully entertaining period piece
22 August 2008 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Although THE YOUNG GRADUATES was apparently filmed in 1971, it didn't play theatrically in Seattle until 1973, when it was shown as the co-feature with CLASS OF '44. It is a picaresque story of two cute teenage girls who have just graduated from high school. Patricia Wymer stars as Mindy, a precocious and beautiful blonde who's ripe for adventure. The film follows her many counter-culture activities as she enjoys an affair with a slightly older teacher while still hanging out with bikers, hippies, dopers, etc. The two girls themselves don't do drugs, other than sharing a spiked birthday cake with some hippies.

The film presents some young talent who later became famous, such as Bruno Kirby and Dennis Christopher. A special shout out must be added for the great girl group Pat Russell's The Spare Change, who are seen playing rock and roll in some high school dance scenes. They were one of the first girl groups to play their own instruments, although there are a couple of male sidemen as well. One of the film's cinematographers was John Toll, who later won Oscars for BRAVEHEART and THE THIN RED LINE.

Although a bit corny now, the film remains as a wonderful period piece that reflects the early 1970s youth culture. Although there is a bit of nudity, the film is surprisingly non-exploitative and non-judgmental about its subject matter. THE YOUNG GRADUATES was released on DVD on January 6th, 2009, as part of the BCI box set DRIVE-IN CULT CLASSICS VOL. 4 (available through Amazon.com, and Best Buy's website as well).


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