|Directed by||Barney Platts-Mills|
|Produced by||Andrew St. John
|Written by||Barney Platts-Mills|
|Music by||Tony Connor
|Edited by||Jonathan Gili|
|Release date(s)||1970 (UK)|
The film follows the fortunes of a 17 year old, Del (Del Walker) and his group of friends. As the film opens four youths (Del, Roy, Chris and Geoff) are seen breaking into a cafe in Stratford, East London, but they only get away with about ninepence and some cake, and it is clear that they are hardly master criminals. Back at their hut on waste ground they mention Jo (Sam Shepherd), known as 'Bronco Bullfrog' (for reasons which are never explained), who has just got out of Borstal.
Once Del and Roy (Chris and Geoff are hardly seen again in the film) meet Jo in a caff, they link up with him to carry out a bigger robbery. Meanwhile Del meets Irene (Anne Gooding), a friend of a cousin of Chris', and they start a relationship, despite the disapproval of Irene's mother and Del's father. The remainder of the film follows Del and Irene as they attempt to escape their dead-end lives.
The film has been described as "Mod poetry" and a "masterpiece".
The film has been released in the BFI Flipside series dual format edition (DVD and Blu-ray), with other films (such as 1975's 'Seven Green Bottles', and Platts-Mills' 1968 film 'Everybody's an actor, Shakespeare said') as extras.
- The eclipse of the moon man Malcom, Derek. The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 26 Mar 1971: 15.
- Catterall, Ali; Wells, Simon (2001). Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties. Fourth Estate. p. 147. ISBN 1-84115-203-X. "Bronco Bullfrog is as close to pure Mod poetry as you're going to get and it's a crying shame that this masterpiece has only been seen by a handful of those in the know."
- Sheila Johnston, The Arts Desk, 23 March 2010
- Director Barney Platts-Mills website
- Bronco Bullfrog at the Internet Movie Database
- Bronco Bullfrog at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Information about the film from Modculture.co.uk
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