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The Strange One

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Marking the beginnings of the raw intensity he's explored throughout his provocative film career, veteran actor Ben Gazzara makes his movie debut in this 1957 drama as the menacingly effeminate misanthrope Jocko de Paris. THE STRANGE ONE, a dark and deviant depiction of human behavior that's especially startling for its time, follows military-school student de Paris's prolonged and eccentrically sadistic bullying of his fellow cadets in the aftermath of an incident in which he got the son of an executive officer expelled for drunkenness. The troubled de Paris uses any and all forms of humiliation and mental terrorization to silence his peers until he eventually finds his power challenged by a group of underclassmen. Based on a play by Calder Willingham, this film version of A STRANGE ONE was forced by the strict MPAA rules of the 1950s to tone down its homosexual themes, though certain suggestions remain palpable.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPE30500

  • Credits
    Geoffrey Horne, Julie Wilson, James Olson, George Peppard, Arthur Storch, Paul Richards, Peter Mark Richman, Mark Richman, Clifton James, Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Larry Gates
  • Critic Reviews
    "THE STRANGE ONE is an allegorical indictment of fascism..."
    New York Times

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