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Teenage Wolfpack (1956)

Die Halbstarken (original title)
"Think of a law, they've broken it. Think of a crime, they've committed it." A tense, tough story of teenage gangs committing acts of robbery, violence, and murder. The leader of the gang ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Freddy Borchert
Karin Baal ... Sissy Bohl
Christian Doermer ... Jan Borchert
Jo Herbst Jo Herbst ... Günther
Viktoria von Ballasko ... Mutter Borchert
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Antonio Garezzo
Mario Ahrens Mario Ahrens ... Mario
Manfred Hoffmann Manfred Hoffmann ... Klaus
Hans-Joachim Ketzlin ... Willi
Kalle Gaffkus Kalle Gaffkus ... Kudde
Wolfgang Heyer Wolfgang Heyer ... Woelfi
Paul Wagner Paul Wagner ... Vater Borchert
Eduard Wandrey Eduard Wandrey ... Pepe Garezzo
Friedrich Joloff Friedrich Joloff ... Theo Krüger
Ruth Müller Ruth Müller ... Rita (as Ruth Mueller)


"Think of a law, they've broken it. Think of a crime, they've committed it." A tense, tough story of teenage gangs committing acts of robbery, violence, and murder. The leader of the gang finds himself torn between his own brother and his sleazyu, (but very good looking) girlfriend. 35mm. Written by Anonymous

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West Germany



Release Date:

27 September 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Wolfpack See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany


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DEM 420 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Interwest See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The American distributor billed Horst Buchholz as "Henry Bookholt", and Karin Baal as "Karen" Baal to help disguise the foreign origin of the film. See more »


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It's not 'Rebel without a cause'
4 September 2017 | by discount1957See all my reviews

'Die Halbstarken' don't have much in common with the theme and influence of the roughly contemporary James-Dean-Film 'Rebel without a cause', only that the main-persons of both films are attractive youths, who wear similar clothing. And: The Intention of this German film to handle the same Topic is recognizable.

But James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood play sensible youths, who run into an emotional crisis while in contact with their surroundings (so triggering the Youth-Revolution against narrow structures),while Horst Buchholz, Karin Baal and the others are merely youthful criminals, who could have appeared as well in films from, say, the 1930's.

James Dean in 'Rebel' may seem emotionally unstable, but he is never brutal, like Horst Buchholz in 'Die Halbstarken' (who, above all, acts very dumb). It looks to me, in comparison, as if Nicholas Ray, director of 'Rebel', wanted to describe an emotional situation and a thereby starting Rebellion, while 'Die Halbstarken' wanted to warn against this Rebellion, according to the opinions of the grown-ups of that time. The German film wanted to demonstrate an immaturity and malignity of the so-called 'Halbstarken', and so seems to be a moralizing anti-youth-rebel-story, and therefore wholly different from 'Rebel without a cause'.

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