I've seen a lot of Juvenile Delinquent pictures. Robert Altman's first feature film is definitely a cut above most. Although I do kinda like the genre, most are shlocky. The "teenagers" are actually actors in their late 20's, & it's probably better that way. Written & directed by Altman, his budding talent is evident. Starring Tom Laughlin ("Billy Jack"). Nice photography and it's on a gorgeous Blu-ray release. 3.5*
'Delinquency is a disease, and remedies are available'.Overall a condemnation of delinquency (with the help of the trustworthy narrator who compares troubled teens to a epidemic or cancer), Altman offers some great moments of indulgence with violence and a rather odd torture scene where protagonist (Laughlin) is forced to neck booze :S
Early effort from director Robert Altman is a reasonably entertaining troubled teen melodrama. A smattering of authenticity with the characters makes it a cut above some of the usual cliches of the genre, and there's an effective low-budget atmosphere. Not a great film by any means, but an interesting look at the early development of a legendary filmmaker.