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The Delinquents

The story, set in the late 1950s, about the passionate love affair of a couple of teens, is trite stuff. Lola (Kylie Minogue) and Brownie (Charles Schlatter) live in the small town of Bundaberg in Queensland. She's still at school when they become lovers and she gets pregnant. The youngsters plan to elope, but are parted by Lola's alcoholic mother (Angela Punch-McGregor), who forces her daughter to have a backstreet abortion (offscreen).

With:
Kylie Minogue Charlie Schlatter Angela Punch-McGregor Bruno Lawrence Desiree Smith Todd Boyce

The story, set in the late 1950s, about the passionate love affair of a couple of teens, is trite stuff. Lola (Kylie Minogue) and Brownie (Charles Schlatter) live in the small town of Bundaberg in Queensland. She’s still at school when they become lovers and she gets pregnant. The youngsters plan to elope, but are parted by Lola’s alcoholic mother (Angela Punch-McGregor), who forces her daughter to have a backstreet abortion (offscreen).

Brownie goes to sea in despair. However, he happens to walk into a Melbourne bar one night and sees Lola, her hair bleached, sadder but wiser. Love blossoms again but, once more, the lovers are parted by the authorities.

The screenplay [from a novel by Criena Rohan] is repetitive and tame. There’s no hint of genuine passion between the young lovers. Far more interesting characters are Mavis (Desiree Smith) and Lyle (Todd Boyce), who befriend Lola and Brownie. Their scenes have a warmth that’s lacking in the central relationship.

Technically, pic is good, with great care taken to make the late 1950s setting as authentic as possible.

The Delinquents

Australia

Production: Village-Roadster/Silver Lining. Director Chris Thomson; Producer Alex Cutler, Michael Wilcox; Screenplay Clayton Frohman, Mac Gudgeon; Camera Andrew Lesnie; Editor John Scott; Music Miles Goodman; Art Director Laurence Eastwood

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Kylie Minogue Charlie Schlatter Angela Punch-McGregor Bruno Lawrence Desiree Smith Todd Boyce

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