This Rebel Breed

Overview

Race hatred and drug trafficking threaten to tear apart a California high school in this teen drama. Frank White Mark Damon and Don Walters Doug Hume are a pair of undercover police officers who are sent to a high school dominated by three gangs. Don, who is white, tries to infiltrate the Anglo gang the Royals, led by Buck Richard Rust, while Frank, who is of Hispanic and African-American heritage, is to make his way into the school's black gang, the Ebonys, while also keeping his eye on a Mexican-American club, ...
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Overview

Race hatred and drug trafficking threaten to tear apart a California high school in this teen drama. Frank White Mark Damon and Don Walters Doug Hume are a pair of undercover police officers who are sent to a high school dominated by three gangs. Don, who is white, tries to infiltrate the Anglo gang the Royals, led by Buck Richard Rust, while Frank, who is of Hispanic and African-American heritage, is to make his way into the school's black gang, the Ebonys, while also keeping his eye on a Mexican-American club, the Caballeros. Frank soon finds he's not welcomed by the Black or Mexican gangs, and when he strikes up a friendship with Lola Rita Moreno, a pretty Mexican-American girl, he gains a fierce enemy in her brother Manuel Richard Laurier, one of the leaders of the Caballeros. Meanwhile, Buck and the Royals have started dealing dope as a way to make money, and he's pressuring Manuel and his gang to do the same, something Manuel fiercely opposes. Manuel is also not happy about rumors that Lola is secretly dating one of the Royals, while the Ebonys have it in for Buck when they find out the secret hidden by his sexy girlfriend, Wiggles Dyan Cannon, then still spelling her first name "Diane". This Rebel Breed was first released in 1960; five years later, producer William Rowland added some incongruous inserts filled with nudity and re-released the film to grindhouses and drive-ins under the titles Black Rebels, Lola's Mistake, and Three Shades of Love.
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Special Features

Black Rebels - the 1965 t&a re-release of This Rebel Breed
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although clearly an exploitation film -- and even moreso after it was re-released 5 years later under the title Black Rebels, with intrusive softcore footage added -- This Rebel Breed is a much better film than one might expect. It's no classic, and the severe melodramatics of its plot certainly keep it from any claim to high drama, but it does pack a sizeable punch. Richard L. Bare directs in a bare-fisted style that often lacks subtlety but is perfect for the material at hand. He keeps the pressure up and the action moving while still finding time for the occasional bit of character development or a surprising moment of insight. And while the screenplay is contrived and unbelievable, it does at least acknowledge the existence of drug peddling and racial conflict (of several different kinds) in a straightforward manner. The language used is also surprisingly frank, not in terms of sexual content but in terms of slurs and epithets, and the film as a whole is unusually serious. But what makes Breed stand out above other similar exploitation films of the period is its fine cast. Mark Damon and Doug Hume are good as the undercover cops, but even better are Richard Rust. Rita Moreno and, in smaller parts, Dyan Cannon and Al Freeman, Jr. Rust is a great villain, a truly heartless and selfish monster who still has appeal. Moreno is sensational, creating a performance that is exceptionally complex for a programmer of the sort. Breed's screenplay keeps it from being a really good film, but it's still worth a look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • UPC: 089218510792
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 72,117

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Moreno Lola
Mark Damon Frank
Gerald Mohr Lt. Brooks
Jay Novello Papa
Eugenio Martín Rudy
Tom Gilson Muscles
Douglas Hume Don
Don Eitner Jimmy
Kenny Miller Winnie
Al Freeman Jr. Satchel
Dyan Cannon Wiggles
Shirley Falls
Ike Jones
Stephen Perry
Hari (Harry) Rhodes
Richard Rust Buck
Technical Credits
Richard L. Bare Director
Monroe P. Askins Cinematographer
Tony Martinelli Editor
David Rose Score Composer
William Rowland Original Story, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- This Rebel Breed
2. Chapter 1 [12:06]
3. Chapter 2 [13:30]
4. Chapter 3 [13:05]
5. Chapter 4 [14:58]
6. Chapter 5 [15:25]
7. Chapter 6 [17:24]
2. Chapter 1 [12:46]
3. Chapter 2 [11:53]
4. Chapter 3 [16:11]
5. Chapter 4 [14:51]
6. Chapter 5 [18:29]
7. Chapter 6 [18:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- This Rebel Breed
   This Rebel Breed
   Chapter Index
   Catalog
      Action / Adventure
      Horror / Sci-Fi
      Mystery / Thriller
      New Cinema
      Comedy
      Drama
      Serials
      Family
      Silent Films
      TV Shows
      Classic Exploitation
      Westerns
   Coming Attractions
   The Black Rebels
   Chapter Index
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