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The Boys

  • Drama
  • 1961
  • Sidney J Furie
  • 118 mins
  • PG

Summary

Four teenagers are tried on charges of theft and the murder of a night watchman. Although initial evidence seems damning for the youthful gang, their canny defence lawyer's skilful arguments throw the jury into confusion and disarray. Courtroom drama, starring Richard Todd and Robert Morley as the legal eagles who go head to head. Felix Aylmer, Dudley Sutton, Ronald Lacey and Tony Garnett also star.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Not, unfortunately, Australian Rowan Woods's savage 1998 study of male violence, but a badly dated courtroom drama from Sidney J Furie, which was, somewhat incongruously, sandwiched between the Cliff Richard vehicle The Young Ones and that moody study of juvenile delinquency, The Leather Boys. Although proving that some things never change - Jess Conrad, Dudley Sutton and their pals are suspected of murder simply because they're young and rebellious - this is patronising in its "kids are all right" sentiments and predictable in its plotting, as canny defence lawyer Robert Morley champions the lads' cause. The movie is probably more interesting now as a document of a London on the cusp of the tumultuous era of the Swinging Sixties, although the sombre ending also has much to say about the use of capital punishment in British courts. Lest we forget, it was only abolished in 1965.

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Credits

Cast

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Victor WebsterRichard Todd
Lewis MontgomeryRobert Morley
JudgeFelix Aylmer
Stan CoulterDudley Sutton
Billy HerneRonald Lacey
Ginger ThompsonTony Garnett
Barney LeeJess Conrad
Robert BrewerWilfrid Brambell
Randolph St JohnAllan Cuthbertson
Mr CoulterWensley Pithey
Gordon LonsdaleColin Gordon
George TannerKenneth J Warren
Mrs HerneBetty Marsden
Evelyn MayCarol White
Mr LeePatrick Magee
Mr HerneDavid Lodge
Mrs LeeRita Webb
Mrs ThompsonHilda Fenemore
Charles SalmonRoy Kinnear

Crew

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DirectorSidney J Furie

Details

Theatrical distributor
Gala Film Dists Ltd
Language
English
Formats
Black and white
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