Watch This Rebel Breed
- 1 hr 35 min
This Rebel Breed is a 1960 crime drama film directed by Richard L. Bare, starring Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, and Gerald Mohr. The film was one of the many films in the late 1950s and early 1960s that tries to deal with the teenage rebellion. The movie takes place in Los Angeles, where three high school students, Lola Montalvo, Denny Morrow and Hank Leyden, come from different backgrounds, but are brought together when they are arrested and put on probation for various misdemeanors. Despite their different backgrounds, they quickly become friends and decide to form a gang. They believe that their gang can help them solve their individual problems and gain respect in their communities.
Lola, portrayed by the talented Rita Moreno, is the leader of the gang, a smart and beautiful Mexican-American girl whose boyfriend, Rico, is doing time in prison for robbery. Denny, played by Mark Damon, is a white boy from a wealthy family who is trying to gain independence from his controlling parents. Hank, played by Gerald Mohr, is an African-American boy living in the projects, facing discrimination and poverty.
The trio soon finds themselves entangled in a dangerous situation when they witness a gangland murder committed by a ruthless gang leader. They become the target of the gang, who want to silence them and keep them from talking to the police. The gang leader comes after them, threatening their families and friends, making their lives unbearable.
The movie portrays how the trio becomes more and more daring in their attempts to fight back against the gang. They quickly become an urban folk-hero with the public cheering them on. In contrast, the police are more interested in finding evidence to nail them than helping them. They are portrayed as seeing Lola, Denny, and Hank as troublemakers who need to be reigned in.
This Rebel Breed explores themes of teenage rebellion, gang violence, and the perils of being an outsider. Its message is that for young people, life is often difficult and fraught with danger. Being part of a gang may seem like the only way to gain a sense of belonging and control over one's life, but it often leads straight to disaster. In contrast, the family is portrayed as an anchor, a safe haven, and a support system that can help young people escape the clutches of gang violence.
The film is notable for its realistic portrayal of gang violence, as well as for its groundbreaking depiction of a diverse group of young adults. The film received critical acclaim for its nuanced characters and its honest depiction of gang violence. This film is classic of its time, tracing the roots of issues that still affect the youth today, and worth a watch for fans of the genre.
This Rebel Breed is a 2009 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.