Violent Years

Overview

Parental neglect is firmly to blame in this low-budget potboiler scripted by the immortal Edward D. Wood Jr. Paula Parkins (Jean Moorhead) is a spoiled rich girl who turns to kicks when her parents become too engrossed in their careers and charity work. She leads a gang of similar-minded young ladies who rob gas stations and attack teenage couples parked in lovers' lanes (even sexually assaulting a hapless young romeo). Paula's father is the editor of the local newspaper and has inside information on the police's...
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Overview

Parental neglect is firmly to blame in this low-budget potboiler scripted by the immortal Edward D. Wood Jr. Paula Parkins (Jean Moorhead) is a spoiled rich girl who turns to kicks when her parents become too engrossed in their careers and charity work. She leads a gang of similar-minded young ladies who rob gas stations and attack teenage couples parked in lovers' lanes (even sexually assaulting a hapless young romeo). Paula's father is the editor of the local newspaper and has inside information on the police's plans to catch the mysterious gang, so they stay one step ahead of the law thanks to dad's unknowing complicity. After a necking party with some gangsters, the girls pull a job for a local female crime boss who wants them to break into the high school and wreck a few classrooms. The reason why is never adequately explained (to the girls or to the viewer), but they take to the task with relish until the police arrive and all hell breaks loose. Tragedy ensues in the form of gunshot fatalities, car crashes, and death by childbirth behind bars.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Edward D. Wood Jr. isn't mentioned in the credits of this Headliner Productions film, but it's a documented fact that the screenplay is his and The Violent Years was a moneymaker on the low-budget circuit at the time of its original release. While not as confounding as some of the pieces that Wood directed himself, there's plenty of garish action packed into its slender running time as well as the subconcious sexual gymnastics that Wood's fans have come to expect from his work. The four gang members are named Phyllis, Paula, Geraldine, and Georgia, but refer to each other as Phil, Paul, Jerry, and George. An attack on a young couple results in the girl being stripped and bound with her own clothes while the gang rapes the poor boy in the forest. A combination birthday/pajama/petting party is held in Paula's honor, and the girls are clearly in control of the action. When an uninvited guest comments on a particularly amorous couple by staring past Paula's brassiered bosom and remarking, "That's a nice pair," she tops him with a tart "They have their points." This salaciousness, as well as the girls' healthy disrespect for values and good judgement (Paula's final words are "So what?") is plenty of fun when juxtaposed against the restraint the filmmakers had to use, given the restrictive era that this exploitative morality play was produced in. The result is a tightly wound alarm clock of B-movie desires that is just bursting to ring in an era of permissiveness that was still over a decade away. Indeed, Wood later revamped the screenplay for use in 1974's Fugitive Girls, when the concept of teenage devil dolls could be exploited to its fullest capacity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 089218429490
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,998

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Moorhead Paula Parkins
Barbara Weeks Jane Parkins
Glenn Corbett Barney Stetson
Theresa Hancock Georgia
I. Stanford Jolley Judge Clara
Arthur Millan Carl Parkins
Technical Credits
Franz Eichhorn Director
William Morgan Director
Edward D. Wood Jr. Director, Screenwriter
O.A. Bayer Producer
William C. Thompson Cinematographer
Gerard J. Wilson Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [6:11]
2. Chapter 2 [9:39]
3. Chapter 3 [11:10]
4. Chapter 4 [10:12]
5. Chapter 5 [10:56]
6. Chapter 6 [8:29]
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