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31 Ratings

12 O'Clock Boys

Directed by Lotfy Nathan
United States, 2013
Documentary, Biography, Crime


Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys.

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12 O'Clock Boys Directed by Lotfy Nathan

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  • Endless Eye's rating of the film 12 O'Clock Boys

    An incredibly stylized, high-octane gritty coming of age story about young "Pug" as he grows up in the streets of West Baltimore, vying to become a part of the highly coveted, dangerous dirt-bike gang known as the notorious: 12 O'Clock Boys.

  • OLIVER-J's rating of the film 12 O'Clock Boys

    I have a weak spot for urban stories and visuals. Pug, is a very charismatic and confident young kid to craft something around. although there is nothing profound or new here, it's an interesting look at life on the streets of Baltimore and a subculture that's viewed in polarizing ways. the Phantom cam slo-mo sequences are all flash but they work really well as elevated, poetic moments here.

  • mpho3's rating of the film 12 O'Clock Boys

    "Without underplaying the dead-end recklessness of the dirt-biking scene, Nathan goes to extraordinary lengths to capture the allure for young black men mired in poverty, hostility, and hopelessness. ...The film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that’s reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics." - Scott Tobias, The Dissolve. 3.5 stars

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