Set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.

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Ted Crampton
Bill Dean ...
Arthur Foster
Colin Edwynn ...
Alan Johnson
Frank Heaton ...
Peter Latimer
Arthur Lambert ...
Reg Harris
John Malcolm ...
Tom Rathbone
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Jack Scott
Tom O'Connor ...
Bill Webley
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Jack Youngman
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Max Fielder
Kenneth Watson ...
Philip Staines
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Lennie Brown
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Roy Gifford
John Andrews
Robert Johnson
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Set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.

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19 December 1970 (UK)  »

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An Early FIlm That Condemns Homophobia
14 March 2011 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to be able to watch this rare telefilm today and have to disagree with the one other poster on here. I think this film is an early instance of criticism of homophobes, not gays.

It is just 1 year after the Stonewall riots, which began a landmark shift in the way gays were treated in Western countries...a change that was glacial, yet very pronounced.

This story is remarkable in that it definitely seemed to side with the apparently gay teacher that gets the better of a homophobic teacher who he calls a sadist, to his face...and then, that teacher responds with shamed silence.

If the 'message' of this teleplay wasn't apparent with that, it certainly was shortly afterward. After learning of the fate of the harassed student, Latimer, another teacher makes clear that gay students aren't wanted there. As the sympathetic teacher starts to respond, another tells him to not even dirty his hands by responding, and they walk out together. That is hardly a message that fosters anti-gay sentiment by the filmmakers.

As for the religious scene pointed out in the other review, for me it was clear that the scene was shown to portray the hypocrisy of religious folks who would oppress others and go about the trappings of being good Christians.

This was a brave piece for its day. Sadly, for the youth who portrayed Latimer, it was a career-ender. It was his only acting role


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