This Rebel Breed

This Rebel Breed

Director: Richard L. Bare

Cast: Richard L. Bare, Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, Gerald Mohr

     
 

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 (See more details below

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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
UPC:
0089218510792
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
53,452

Special Features

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

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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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