The Young Sinner (1965)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Not to be confused with the 1987 movie of the same name, this is one of the early films that Tom Laughlin directed before he became famous from his series on Billy Jack, an anti-hero of his time. Laughlin also stars in this uneven teen drama as its only developed character, Christopher Wotan, a high-school athlete who starts out as essentially a normal young man faced with the tyranny of a brutal coach, and the vagaries of romantic and sexual challenges. Because Christopher's father has been trampled by failure and alcohol abuse, questions arise about the son's fate as he takes on life's obstacles.

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advice, athlete, church, coach, confession [criminal], confidentiality, daughter, employment, family, father, football, high-school, life, love, mother, parent, player [sports], pool [billiards], popularity, priest, probation, problems, promiscuity, robbery, scholarship, school, sex, teenagers