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The Boy With Green Hair

Released Nov 16, 1948 1h 22m Drama List
82% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 57% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Peter (Dean Stockwell), an orphaned boy, is adopted by Gramp Frye (Pat O'Brien) after his parents are killed in Europe while doing war relief work. The boy feels safe with his new caretaker, but when he is taunted for being an orphan, he gets demoralized. The next day Peter wakes up with green hair. Embarrassed and further ridiculed, Peter seeks solace in a nearby forest. To his surprise, he finds other orphans in the woods, who encourage him to spread news of the injustices of war. Read More Read Less
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Richard Brody New Yorker Few films so daringly span the local and the universal-or look so ravishing while doing so. Its eerie palette meshes perfectly with Losey's vision of a world out of joint. May 13, 2019 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) Young Dean Stockwell shows amazing thought and skill in playing The Boy With the Green Hair -- shown off admirably in the film's Technicolor. Jul 21, 2021 Full Review Christopher Kane Modern Screen It's a nice picture. It hits at bigotry, it pleads for war's forgotten victims, and certainly, Dean Stockwell's a most appealing young actor. Jun 29, 2021 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Bracingly peculiar May 27, 2015 Full Review Kam Williams NewsBlaze A precursor to all those radiation fallout monster flicks of the Fifties. A telling cautionary tale worth a watch for far more than the nostalgic factor. Rated: 4/4 Jan 7, 2010 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis ...a rather simplistic antiwar fantasy that pounds its message into the ground for the last twenty minutes or more. Rated: 5/10 Dec 29, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Terry S I can't believe I saw this film when I was just 9 years old at our local ten cent theatre! All I remembered was how beautifully Nat King Cole sang the theme song. But this film is sure worth watching. In more ways than I can say. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/01/24 Full Review Boyd C an atmospheric fairytale with an emotional message. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/14/24 Full Review john m I wish more was explored regarding the war and how the kids and adults both talked about it with each other. It's obviously a giant metaphor and theme here. This just comes off as ho-hum daytime TV than anything resonant from the times like it wants to. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great anti-war movie from RKO. Today a film like this can easily be misinterpreted; this is an anti-war film NOT a comedy. It requires a deep understanding of the way the second world war effected the home front in order to fully appreciate this masterpiece. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Oddball allegory about an orphaned boy whose hair turns green overnight. Is he prophet or pariah? Lush colour photography and a rich musical score can't disguise the saccharine whimsy and glacial pacing of this early Joseph Losey outing. It needs more savagery and less Pat O'Brien Oirish blarney. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review william k Although a bit stilted and pretentious, this still is a powerful anti-war parable with a clear side blow against McCarthyism. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Peter (Dean Stockwell), an orphaned boy, is adopted by Gramp Frye (Pat O'Brien) after his parents are killed in Europe while doing war relief work. The boy feels safe with his new caretaker, but when he is taunted for being an orphan, he gets demoralized. The next day Peter wakes up with green hair. Embarrassed and further ridiculed, Peter seeks solace in a nearby forest. To his surprise, he finds other orphans in the woods, who encourage him to spread news of the injustices of war.
Director
Joseph Losey
Producer
Stephen Ames
Screenwriter
Ben Barzman, Alfred Lewis Levitt
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 16, 1948, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 4, 2020
Runtime
1h 22m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
35mm
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