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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.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writer:

Joseph Landon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Peter Gifford
Patty McCormack ... Janet Sommers
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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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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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 »

Goofs

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

Mrs. Katie Sommers: What do you mean "prove" your love?
Janet Sommers: Well if you don't know, maybe you'd better ask DAD!
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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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A Surprisingly Well-Done Look At Sex in the 1960s
22 March 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A high school teacher (Wiliam Shatner) gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

This was the directing debut of Buzz Kulik, who went on to make the cult classic "Bad Ronald" as well as several episodes of "Twilight Zone" (though not, oddly, the ones with William Shatner).

I had low expectations for this film and only watched it because today was Shatner's 82nd birthday. Seemed like a good time to check out career highlights. And this one is a bit of a stunner.

For being 1961, which is really more the 1950s than the 1960s, it has a very honest look at sex and the idea that high school teenagers engage in sexual activity. While times have changed and kids today are certainly more "free" than fifty years ago, it is nice to see a film that actually addressed the subject rather than pretending it did not exist.


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Language:

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Release Date:

October 1961 (USA) See more »

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The Explosive Generation See more »

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