The Delinquents (1989)

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A small town in Australia, in the late 1950s: Brownie and Lola are deeply in love. But because they are under-age, their parents are against their relationship and try to separate them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Lovell
Bruno Lawrence ...
Desirée Smith ...
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Mrs. Lovell (as Angela Punch-McGregor)
Aunt Westbury
Lynette Curran ...
Mrs. Hansen
Lyn Treadgold ...
Prison Matron
Duncan Wass ...
Yvonne Hooper ...
Errol O'Neill ...
Theatre Manager
Rachel Szalay ...


A small town in Australia, in the late 1950s: Brownie and Lola are deeply in love. But because they are under-age, their parents are against their relationship and try to separate them. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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21 December 1989 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem menekültjei  »

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Motion picture debut of Kylie Minogue. See more »


Lola: Your definition? It's lucky the world isn't made according to your definiton,'cause it would be an ugly one. With all your cakes and frocks and olives but no love. 'Cause that's the thing you fear most, isn't it, love? You're afraid of it,you try and kill it in other people, but you can't stop people from loving each other! You can throw away all Brownie's letters but you can't keep him from me, because he's in me.
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Referenced in Wogan: Episode dated 2 August 1989 (1989) See more »


One Night
Written by David Bartholomew (as Bartholomew) / Earl King (as King)
(Travis Music Inc. / Unart Catalogue Inc. / J. Albert & Sons)
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy Capitol Records / EMI Records Australia Pty Ltd
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The best thing to be said about the Delinquents is that after 101 minutes - it stops!
25 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Very surprising that in several years, this film has attracted only THREE comments! maybe they're the only people to have sat through it? Come to think of it, the day I took my daughter to see it back in '89, I don't think there WAS anyone else in the theater!

One thing I should point out, Kylie was NOT a superstar when she made this, merely an Aussie export, ex soapie star, squeaking her way to success in Britain - she hadn't MADE it as such! I think she was still in love with Jason Donovan then!

THE DELINQUENTS isn't all bad...just a bit iffy and merely an excuse to showcase Miss Minogue from every camera angle, if not every which way! She plays a headstrong rebellious teenager who falls pregnant to American Charlie Schlatter and is sent to the big city for an abortion. Lots of angst and RISKY BUSINESS type stumbling blocks but hell, you just know they're gonna get back together, and as they dance themselves into the sunset ahead of the final credits you can go home feeling much better!

Funny thing is, compared to her performance in later flicks such as STREETFIGHTER, she should have gotten an Oscar for this!

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