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The Explosive Generation (1961)

TV-PG | | Drama | October 1961 (USA)
High school teacher gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

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Buzz Kulik

Writer:

Joseph Landon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Peter Gifford
Patty McCormack ... Janet Sommers
Lee Kinsolving Lee Kinsolving ... Dan Carlyle
Virginia Field ... Mrs. Katie Sommers
Stephen Dunne ... Bobby Herman Sr. (as Steve Dunne)
Phillip Terry ... Mr. Carlyle
Arch Johnson ... Mr. George Sommers
Edward Platt ... Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell Suzi Carnell ... Marge Ryker
Jan Norris ... Terry
Beau Bridges ... Mark
Peter Virgo Peter Virgo ... Fred - Dean of Boys
Stafford Repp ... Police Captain
Bruce Kerner Bruce Kerner ... Mark
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... George
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Storyline

Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. The parents get wind of what Gifford is about to do, notify the principal, and he warns Peter not to read the questions in class. Gifford decides to go against this and is suspended. The whole student body protests, and the administration gets worried on what to do. Written by Pat McCurry

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They look like kids -- but they want love like adults! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frühreife Generation See more »

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Vega Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

According to the Arizona Republic newspaper of August 22, 2014, two days of filming occurred at Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona. About 350 students got to play extras in the film. Making his Hollywood debut as an extra was a 17-year-old David Geffen, the future music and film producer. See more »

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The first time William Shatner enters the classroom, a microphone is visible at the top of the frame for a full ten seconds. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Morton: [refering to handbill about protest rally] In our own printshop! On our own presses! How could this happen?
Printing Teacher: Well like I said, we're understaffed. Not a bad little job, but the spacing could be a little better here...
Mr. Morton: You may go!
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Referenced in Mommy's Day (1997) See more »

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Wait for Me
By Hal Borne
Sung by Kim Charney (as Kimm Charney)
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Pivot point
19 February 2011 | by tapitSee all my reviews

I didn't expect much when I began watching this movie. By the end, I was completely stunned. Although it's billed as a film about teaching sex education in high school in 1961, it is, in fact, about the pivot point at which the silent generation gave way to the "explosive" boomers- the generation that wouldn't take no for an answer. What could have been filled with cheap platitudes about honesty in education and life, turned out to be a really deep exploration of how and why the generations changed from the 1950s to 1960s. The fact that it was made at the time it was happening and no one could know where this would all lead made it more amazing.


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