The Silent Playground (1964)

Genres - Drama, Thriller  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Documentary filmmaker Stanley Goulder directed this disturbing thriller which was shot independently at a budget of $75,000 in only twenty-four days. The film deals with a mentally retarded boy, released from the hospital prematurely, who wants to make friends with some neighborhood kids at the local movie house. In the hospital, he came across what he thought were some colorful candies; they were, in fact, barbiturates. He dispenses the drugs to the children at a matinee showing and the children end up drugged and extremely ill. The parents frantically call in the police to investigate as the retarded child's mother frets about what may happen to her son.

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child, candy, drugs, hospital, investigation, mental-illness, playground, silence