THE DELINQUENTS REVIEWED
“The Delinquents” provided one excellent chunk of trivia for me. Billy Jack made his film debut in Robert Altman’s feature film directing debut. Who would have thought that those two worlds ever collided? Well, they did and they made a chunk of juvenile crime panic cinema. The film holds to many of the features and fears that populated this kind of cinema at the time. Still, art snobs will get to enjoy the use of Dutch angles and natural overlapping dialogue in a 1950s low-rent movie.
Given the fact that Altman also wrote the movie, I was expecting more. For those of us that never quite caught the Allen bug, Altman was supposed to a craftsman who could mine the same territory with a stronger grace. What this film shows is that everyone started small. It’s comical to realize that in the course of 15 years, Altman would rise from this to “McCabe and Mrs. Miller”. You never can tell who will be the next artistic talent to break out. Just enjoy the fact that some filmmakers get the rules of the business and can try to make amazing works out of little lumps of clay.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono