Cinema: Scruffy Vigor

BRONCO BULLFROG

Directed by BARNEY PLATTS-MILLS Screenplay by BARNEY PLATTS-MILLS

Since there has not been an example of the English realistic cinema in some time, Bronco Bullfrog comes to the U.S. as something of a novelty, and rather a welcome one. Crude and defiant, the film is full of such angry energy that its shortcomings can be, if not dismissed, at least indulged.

The factory smokestacks begriming the sky in the opening scene are in Stratford, a section of London's East End where jobs and hope are in short supply. There Del (Del Walker), a 17-year-old welder's apprentice, picks up money on the side...

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