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Teenage Rebellion (1967)

A documentary exploring the "youth movement" of the 1960s.




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Burt Topper ... Narrator


"Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It's called the beat." A quickie documentary, originally paired on a drive-in double bill with "Mondo Mod," claims to provide the lowdown on crazy teenage goings-on around the globe. We are shown glimpses of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip teen riots, The Paris student revolt, and the English mods and rockers running wild in Brighton. Things soon wind down to such critical issues of the day as go-go dancing, striped hip huggers, bikers, and surfing, all of which are seen to have worldwide popularity. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Truth about the "Now" Generation/A documentary report






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La rivolta dei teenagers  »

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The British sequences were directed by an uncredited Richard Lester. See more »


Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »


Make Love Not War
Written by Harley Hatcher & Mike Curb
Performed by Bob Summers and Mike Curb (as Teenage Rebellion)
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Dated, boring and silly
3 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Supposedly shocking documentary on teenagers of the late 60s. The problem is that the purportedly real footage of teenagers drinking, making out and taking drugs is no longer shocking. Also it is coupled with the worst narration I have ever heard--it was just so insipid and stupid that I stared at the screen in disbelief. At first it's kind of fun (because it's so pathetic) but it quickly becomes dull. We see footage of teenagers all over the world (the U.S., Japan, Rome, Italy, Sweden) but there is very little conversation with them. Also there are two sequences dealing with Italian prostitutes which might be interesting, but they're speaking Italian and there's no subtitles! There are a few (very few) interesting moments--some actual footage of a drug party; an interview with a 17-year-old English girl prostitute and a surprisingly non-judgmental, open look at a gay Italian teenage boy. The movie ends with another--I think--real scene of an actual birth. Ugh. Also boys are almost completely ignored in this movie--the focus is on teenage girls and endless lingering shots of them in bikinis. All in all though, this movie is deservedly obscure. If you're desperate...

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