The Cry Baby Killer (1958)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This odd drama features Jack Nicholson, then only 21-years old, in his first feature film. He plays a young delinquent who thinks he may have killed one of the two thugs who were pursuing him. He hides out in a local drive-in where he takes three hostages and barricades himself and them in a storeroom. Police surround the place and try to negotiate with the frightened boy but even his friends cannot reach him. Meanwhile, the media has learned of the situation and soon a TV news crew arrives followed by a crowd of spectators. Soon concessions are being sold, and the event becomes a circus.

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law, brutality, child, consumer, drive-in, hidden, hideout, hostage, intimacy, janitor, juvenile, killing, media-circus, negotiation, on-the-run, panic, physical-abuse, police, spectator, surrender, teenagers, television, weapons