The story of three teenaged tearaways Johnnie, Bill and Bert who find themselves at odds with society. Following a brush with the law they have a chance meeting with a local choirmaster who offers them a way of making good.


Clive Donner


John Eldridge (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Kenneth More ... Smith
Ray Brooks ... Johnnie
Anneke Wills ... Anne (as Annika Wills)
David Andrews David Andrews ... Bill
Angela Douglas ... Terry
David Hemmings ... Bert
Timothy Nightingale Timothy Nightingale ... Tim
Frankie Dymon Frankie Dymon ... Jimmy (as Frankie Dymon Jnr.)
Harry H. Corbett ... Johnnie's Father
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ... Johnnie's Mother
Michael Gwynn ... Vicar
Cyril Luckham ... Magistrate
Fred Ferris Fred Ferris ... Clerk of the Court
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... Harper (as Richard Davis)
Dean Webb Dean Webb ... Mike


In 1960's Bristol three lads hang around making nuisances of themselves after losing their motorbike licences. Their only other interest is playing rock-and-roll so they welcome the offer from a supportive churchwarden of the use of his church hall. Things go well - with several new members including strong-voiced Terry, sort-of one of their girlfriends, they don't sound bad at all - and one of the guys starts dating the churchwarden's daughter. But his mate is increasingly suspicious that they are being sucked into behaving in a conventional way acceptable to the older generation. Written by J-26

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From the land of the Beatles, came the young rebels...wild and explosive...


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Black Leather Bristolians
2 December 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

This was the film in which Clive Donner marked himself as a director to watch having worked his way up from second features, and fulfilled the promise he showed here with 'The Caretaker' and the forgotten classic 'Nothing But the Best'; before like most British directors of his era coming a cropper with Hollywood and ending his days in television.

Shot by John Wilcox in gleaming Eastmancolor on location in Bristol (although only Ray Brooks seems to be making a serious attempt at the local accent), it wears it's message lightly but was dismissed eleven years later by the Allans as "too firmly set in 1962 for much contemporary interest". But like Anneke Wills' jeans it looks cool again (while the driving of our young trio of delinquents' benefactor The Duke of Edinburgh has only recently caused a brush with the law of his own).

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Release Date:

June 1964 (USA) See more »

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De unga rebellerna See more »

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Bristol, England, UK

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Vic Films Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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