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The Restless Ones(1965)

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  • Billy Graham's very first film

    • Bob Wanamaker
    • 6/29/16

    This odd heavy-handed black-and-white movie purports to tell us about the "hidden world" of 1965 teenagers.The "delinquents" are the cleanest-cut kids I ever saw. And this being a Billy Graham movie, they don't use any profanity. And there are no drugs - but they do manage to obtain LIQUOR. Horrors!!!!!!!In the opening scene, the "gang" desecrates a church (they break in at night and tear pages out of a big Bible). I guess Billy Graham thought that this was what 1965 teenagers do for fun.Background music is provided by Ralph Carmichael, including "One is for the wondrous/land in which we live/to the old red-white-and-blue/loyalty we give."Also included is "He's Everything to Me."There is much speechifying by (a) a juvenile hall judge and (b) Johnny Crawford's EXTREMELY middle-class parents.The pace of this movie is glacial. There is an excruciatingly long sequence where Johnny Crawford's parents sit in their car and decide (after much conversation) to Pray to Receive Christ.And no fewer than TWO lengthy visits to Billy Graham crusades are featured - using actual footage from crusades - in one of them, Billy Graham says that he committed adultery (by lusting after a woman).The most interesting aspect of this movie is the nasty character played by Kim Darby ("April"). It's a FEMALE who is truly evil - she snubs Johnny Crawford's mom when Mom tries to befriend her; she makes veiled sexual suggestions; she makes plans to "run off" with an older man, and when he stands her up, she attempts suicide and ends up in a hospital; and at the end of the movie, she's just left hanging - Johnny Crawford "goes forward" at a Billy Graham rally and "gets saved," but poor April ... the makers of the movie didn't consider her to be important enough that her dilemmas should be resolved. We don't know if she lives or dies.In some ways, this movie is absolutely hilarious. It gives much insight into how White Collar Protestants viewed teenagers of the day.

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