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THE HOODS OF TOMORROW! THE GUN-MOLLS OF THE FUTURE!
From the movie poster & trailer for The Delinquents (1957)

“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
Socrates (470-399 BC)

“After toiling away in Hollywood in the late 1940s, a frustrated but determined Robert Altman returned to his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri in an effort to focus on his dream of making movies more seriously. It was here he was hired by a local production company, and over the next several years produced more than 65 projects, leading up to his first feature, The Delinquents….The old adage that it’s all about ‘who you know’ may ring true in Hollywood circles, but if your goal is to make movies that matter in the independent world, then it’s all up to you. Sure, film is a collaborative art, but you need to take that first step. So jump right in and write that script, direct that short and take that editing class. The time is now!
Jennifer M. Wood
MovieMaker magazine, Issue 65, Vol 13

P.S. The Delinquents was written and directed by Altman and starred Tom Laughlin—the man who would go on to make the Billy Jack films. Altman would go on to have a career spanning six decades only ending with his death in 2006. He would eventually be nominated for six Oscars including his work on Short Cuts, MASH, and Nashville. My personal favorite Altman film is The Player—check out this great one-shot opening:

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