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  • Actors: Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Roy Haywood, Sam Shepherd, Chris Shepherd
  • Directors: Barney Platts-Mills
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XQ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BFI Flipside presents

BRONCO BULLFROG (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Barney Platts-Mills

THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

Del (Del Walker), a young apprentice, and his 15-year-old girlfriend Irene (Anne Gooding) have no money and nowhere to go. Angry and frustrated, they turn to 'Bronco Bullfrog' fresh out of borstal and living an independent lifestyle for a taste of fun and freedom.

Powerful and authentic, this fascinating record of the then-emerging suedehead subculture, largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from east London, is released here in a fully remastered High Definition presentation.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Everybody's an Actor, Shakespeare Said (1968, 30 mins): Platts-Mills documentary charts Joan Littlewood's theatre work with the teenagers who would star in Bronco Bullfrog
  • Joan Littlewood interview (1968, 21 mins): the formidable and outspoken theatre director discusses her career
  • Seven Green Bottles (Eric Marquis, 1975, 35 mins): a cautionary tale of seven young delinquents, played by non-professional actors
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays, photographs and film credits

UK | 1969 | black and white | English language, (Optional French subtitles and optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles) | 87 minutes | original Aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) (Extras Dolby Digital 320kbps)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2004
Format: DVD
If you don't like kitchen sink dramas, then this film is not for you.
The film is set against the gloomy landscape of the working class East End, but it's not devoid of humour, and, dare I say, hope, with the main characteres trying to escape the boredom and bleakness of their enviroment, and having to face an older generation that just won't listen to them.
It's also of great interest for those into late 60's/early 70's fashions :crombies, Dr Marten boots, sta-prest etc..
A fantastic film that was made with an amateur cast and a really small budget, won a Cannes Film Festival award in 1971, and still now impress for its powerful minimalism.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. D. L. Bailey on 14 April 2007
Format: DVD
I'd read that this was something of a cult film, and, being a fan of 60s "kitchen sink dramas" I thought I'd give it a go. I was really impressed by the naturalistic performances delivered by a cast of non-professional actors.

The film serves as something of a time-capsule, evoking the feeling of a bygone era of working-class life in East London - a world so different to today - a world without the mobile phones, credit cards and creature comforts. It is interesting that the issues this film deals with are still prevalent in today's world, in fact, moreso.

I would describe "Bronco Bullfrog" as an early Quadrophenia à la Ken Loach. Its style puts me in mind of "Cathy Come Home" and "Poor Cow."

It's got a real 60's "mod" feeling to it. The main character is (like Jimmy in Quadrophenia) frankly quite ugly, but totally believable.

The storyline is thin but nonetheless compelling. The random improvisation that often comes over as rough in other films works extremely well in this film.

The violence and activity in "Bronco Bullfrog" was, I am told, quite shocking at the time - possibly even delaying the release of the film by up to 2 years. Compared to modern films it seems almost laughably tame. In fact, the film has an undertone of innocence about it which adds to its charm. As a piece of social commentary it is interesting and excellent. As a piece of entertainment it is excellent. As a British film it is excellent. "Bronco Bullfrog" transported me to a whole new world that was before my time. This is, to me, what film is all about. If like me you enjoy "new wave / mod" films you will almost certainly like "Bronco Bullfrog." It's got more realism than Hollywood has silicone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Stevens on 9 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
This film brings the memories flooding back,Having growing up in simular surroundings in London.This film encapsulates the Suedehead cult at the tail end of the 60,s, and for anyone interrested in the 1960,s it,s a gem.
Having been a Mod myself, at the tail end of the 70,s,and a youth when this film was made,i identify with it totally, it,s just as i remember it being back then.The main characters Del,and Bronco ,are the two most engaging charactors,hanging around in cafes,getting into petty crime to escape the drab boredom of everyday life, until del meets a girl.Don,t buy this film if you,re expecting to see loads of punch ups, what violence thier is is laughable compared to todays standards, but at the time this film was aired it was quite shocking,I can imagine Mary Whitehouse freaking out about it.The acting is mininimal,as the cast are mainly amateur, but in my eyes this only adds to the charm, these lads were the real mc coy,not actors pretending to be Suedes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tess on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This low budget film follows the fortunes of a group of working class teenage lads and one in particular, Del. They live a bored, semi-delinquent life in East London and when Del finds himself a girlfriend, the limitations of his own life hits him. Bronco Bullfrog is the lad from Borstal who has the swaggering, independent lifestyle that Del doesn't have and which he is tempted by. He then searches for his own independence.

This film was personal for me and one of the reasons why I loved it. I have lived in the area where this was filmed for some years and to see what it looked like in 1969 was fascinating. A great location nostalgia trip! The main reason however why I love this film is because of the actors. They were all non-professionals and their rawness, their unpolished performances give the film an extra edge. There is an authenticity that I was not expecting. The script is loose, which sometimes doesn't quite work (The Detective is not good) but it mostly gives it a startling realism. Del and his girlfriend completely capture all the awkwardness and innocence of their relationship because of the unsophisticated, free approach to their acting.

I enjoyed this very much as a low-key, unflashy film about lads, a teenage romance and the unwelcome intrusion of the realisms of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 3D on 7 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Purchased this for 7 green bottles for some primary school nostalgia and seeing 70's London again. Hit the spot. The main feature isn't bad either.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EC on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I first watched this film in 1975 and it ran me over.
This is the first re-watch and only the soundtrack seems dated.
The charachters remain totally convincing. Still love it. In my top five.
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