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The Explosive Generation is a 1961 film directed by Buzz Kulik. It stars William Shatner and Patty McCormack.[1]

The Explosive Generation
The Explosive Generation (film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBuzz Kulik
Produced byStanley Colbert
Written byJoseph Landon
StarringWilliam Shatner
Patty McCormack
Music byHal Borne
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byMelvin Shapiro
Vega Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
October 1961
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States



The story is about Peter Gifford, a teacher who wants to teach high school students to think for themselves and express themselves. A female student pushes to have open classroom discussion about the physical and emotional issues associated with teenage relationships and sex. This issue gets blown out of proportion by parents who don't have the facts and jump to ill-informed conclusions, demanding sanctions against the mostly innocent teacher, who keeps still on the matter to protect the involved students. The entire student body rallies in a Gandhiesque silent protest that helps everyone learn to appreciate the truth of the matter.


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