Die Halbstarken (1956)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Juvenile Delinquency Film, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Rising young German leading man Horst Buccholz followed up his award-winning performance in Sky Without Stars with his starring role in Die Halbstarken. The title translates to "The Half-Strong Ones", in reference to the film's juvenile-delinquent protagonists. Though virtually irredeemable, Buccholz's gang-leader character is softened somewhat by his love for tenement girl Karin Baal. With the exception of Buccholz, most of the young toughs in the film are nonprofessionals, exuding a raw energy that many "pros" could not emulate. Most of Die Halbstarken was lensed on location in genuine gang-ridden urban neighborhoods.

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gang-leader, tenement, urban, gangster, teenagers