Review: ‘Bronco Bullfrog’

Producer Andrew St John and director-writer Barney Platts-Mills assembled a bunch of East End amateurs and, with a thin storyline and dialog that seems mainly improvised, let them loose in 'their own scene'. Made for only $48,000, film is a praiseworthy attempt to show the drab environment of an area and to indicate how boredom in that environment can drive youngsters into being layabouts, petty thieves, etc and how such trapped youngsters can develop into more hardened criminals.

Producer Andrew St John and director-writer Barney Platts-Mills assembled a bunch of East End amateurs and, with a thin storyline and dialog that seems mainly improvised, let them loose in ‘their own scene’. Made for only $48,000, film is a praiseworthy attempt to show the drab environment of an area and to indicate how boredom in that environment can drive youngsters into being layabouts, petty thieves, etc and how such trapped youngsters can develop into more hardened criminals.

Through the film is woven an inarticulate, but frequently touching Romeo and Juliet theme, about two minors who run away from home because there is nowhere to go and nothing to do.

It would be pointless to comment on the non-existent acting. There is behavior, instead.

Bronco Bullfrog

UK

Production

British Lion. Director Barney Platts-Mills; Producer Andrew St John; Screenplay Barney Platts-Mills; Camera Adam Barker-Mill; Editor Jonathan Gili; Music Howard Werth, Tony Connor, Keith Gemmell, Trevor Williams

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Del Walker Anne Gooding Sam Shepherd Roy Haywood Freda Shepherd Dick Philpott
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