The Strange One
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The Strange One
In his film debut, Ben Gazzara repeats his stage portrayal of Jocko De Paris, a manipulative psychotic who holds a Southern military school in thrall. With the help of his flunkies, cadets Harold Knoble (Pat Hingle) and Roger Gatt (James Olson), Jocko sadistically terrorizes the underclassmen, forcing them to do his bidding. Efforts made by Major Avery (Larry Gates) to expose Jocko are constantly thwarted by the students' conspiracy of silence and by Jocko's own efforts to destroy Avery. Finally, cadet Robert Marquales (George Peppard, likewise making his first film appearance) can… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nobody in the film behaves or speaks like a real person."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Though the homosexual subtext was daring for the 1950s, the film is much softer than the play."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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