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Legendary actor Ben Gazzara made his feature film debut in The Strange One, recreating his Broadway role in Calder Willingham's gripping "End as a Man." Gazzara stars as Cadet Sgt. Jocko DeParis, a sadomasochistic bully in a Southern military academy who uses his magnetism and the school's own military code to manipulate his fellow cadets and officers. When he engineers the expulsion of a hated rival, his reign of terror begins to unravel. The film features a solid cast drawn from The Actor's Studio in New York, including Pat Hingle, Mark Richman, George Peppard (also in his film debut) and Larry Gates, and is directed by Jack Garfein and scripted by Willingham, based on his novel. Censored in its original theatrical release for its homosexual undertones, The Strange One is presented restored and uncut for the first time on DVD.
I first saw this film in the late 1950's, in Kansas City, on TV! I was about 12. It is a great, unusual Study of a Cruel, Vindictive Cadet at a Military Academy in the South. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Bryant Wiser
The advent of DVD allows viewers an opportunity to see some terrific films that have faded from public memory. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Silver Screen Videos
I order for a 70 year old senior citizen that I work with. He love this movie. Every week I am ordering some new DvD or book for him
You'd never think this was Ben Gazzara's first film role. He tackles his somewhat sado-masochistic character with a subdued urgency and really is the driving force of the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Buzzed1
Four stars for " The Strange One"
Glorious black and white film
it kept my interest all the way to the end !