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The Bloody Brood (1959)

Barbara Lord , Jack Betts , Julian Roffman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Lord, Jack Betts, Peter Falk, Ron Hartmann, Ron Taylor
  • Directors: Julian Roffman
  • Writers: Anne Howard Bailey, Ben Kerner, Des Hardman, Elwood Ullman
  • Producers: Julian Roffman, Ralph Foster, Yvonne Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D1FGX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bloody Brood" on IMDb

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A sadistic delinquent (played by a very young Peter Falk) murders an innocent man and tries to cover his tracks.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
First, I should mention that the edition I've seen is not this one, but the one put out by SWV - - I mention this, because sometimes same movie/different cut can almost amount to a different movie (even a different ending), but that may not necessarily be the case. - Whatever, see an unbelievably young Peter Falk make his film acting debut in a North of the border (Canadian) film as a "cool" cold blooded drug dealing "beatnik" who commits a murder just for the kicks of it. He does it by feeding "ground glass" to a young "square" all American type delivery boy, who's brother gets on the case, makes the scene and tries to pin it on him. - - In all honesty, I had a lot of trouble believing that you could actually kill someone by feeding them glass... so (proving myself to have way to much time on the internet) I looked it up... and one of those "urban legend" sights confirmed : though a popular way of killing someone in many murder/mystery books and movies... it is quite unrealistic... but still, its just a movie right ?
While this film lacks the cool daddy-o finger popping hipness and quirk of my all time favorite "beatsploitation" film THE FAT BLACK PUSSYCAT, and at times has all the excitement of a COLUMBO episode (you can tell the director *was* definitely a square) its still a good film if you're a b-movie junky... or you just want to get the kick out of seeing a very young Peter Falk playing the warped leader of a "beatnik" gang. Incidentally, I kinda dug that Maynard G. Krebs type character... I have a bobble head at my bar in Tokyo that looks just like him !
If you're interested in Beatnik culture in general, check out RHINO'S BEAT GENERATION box [set] while you're at it... and again, SWVs double FEATURE DVD the BLACK CAT which is coupled with THE FAT BLACK PUSSYCAT.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Beatniks Attack or Hepcats From Hell... April 1, 2004
Peter Falk is Nico, a smack dealer who poses as the leader of a merry band of beatniks. Nico's not just cool man, he's like crazy baby! He watches an old bum die and decides it is the ultimate kickeroo. Later at a swinging party, complete with goofy dancing, goatees, bongos, and a sea of turtleneck sweaters, Nico and his croany decide to feed an unlucky messenger boy a fatal ground-glass burger just to watch him die. Thankfully, the victim's non-beatnik brother Cliff (Jack Betts) sets out to catch those responsible for his sibling's death. Cliff delves into the dark, dank, terminally hep underbelly of beatnik culture looking for clues. He turns out to be one of the only ones among them with either a conscience or a brain. He is finally helped by a girl (Barbara Lord) who is disillusioned with Nico. Together, they attempt to cramp Nico's style. THE BLOODY BROOD is full of quasi-philosophical musings about life, death, work, etc., and priceless quotes like, "Did he die, or was he murdered by life?" WOW! That's deep, man! So, just pull up a floorpillow, put on your sandals and raybans, and tune into the scene! ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars early Peter Falk movie.. May 27, 2010
A man begins to investigate on his own the death of his brother, who died from eating a hamburger laced with ground glass. With the police case stalled because of ineptness, the man's own investigation leads him toward a beatnik hang-out frequented by Nico (Peter Falk), a shady character who supplies drugs to the patrons and philosophizes about the ills of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pre Columbo Falk February 28, 2008
Like man, dig it. A young Peter Falk, (32, though he looks younger)complete with that glass-eyed stare plays the mob-like pseudo beatnik Nico. Along with his Ivy League looking alcoholic pal they feed a delivery boy a hamburger full of ground glass and the action ensues. The boy dies, and his brother seeks revenge. Lots of scenes in the beat club, chicks dancing with themselves, and plenty of beat haircuts, poetry, dark rimmed glasses and goatees. A must-have for your beat collection. COLUMBO: "Pardon me, is this the scene of the murder? It must be, there's a lot of dead bodies laying around."
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE BLOODY BROOD - PETER FALK March 14, 2009
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