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55 Ratings

12 O'Clock Boys

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


Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join The 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police.

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12 O'Clock Boys Directed by Lotfy Nathan
We are rudely reminded that our protagonist, now looking old enough to carry the moniker “young man,” has grown into the target for societal violence that comes with being a black man in urban America. This isn’t to make 12 O’CLOCK BOYS sound overly heavy (which it can be when you think about it), but to indicate how much depth and pathos is contained in a movie that is so unapologetically, deliriously entertaining.
May 06, 2016
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A thin, problematic and amateurishly-made documentary, “12 O’Clock Boys” plays like two films awkwardly grafted together… Once you’ve seen 10 minutes or so of the Boys doing their police-baiting wheelies and other stunts, you get the picture; jaw-dropping as it sometimes is, much more of it would quickly become redundant and tedious.
January 31, 2014
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For the most part, 12 O’Clock Boys is just a loose-limbed portrait of a community, with special emphasis on one slightly wayward teenager; its rhythm is the jagged rhythm of everyday life, and its primary asset is its unemphatic authenticity, offering a window into a very specific time and place.
January 30, 2014
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