The Boy with Green Hair

Please don't tell why his hair turned green!
The Boy with Green Hair
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 1, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 1,569
Rating: 4/4 -- 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. Full Review
Jan 7, 2010
It's certainly the most bizarre anti-war film ever made. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Jun 14, 2004
3 stars out of 5 -- Joseph Losey's first movie. Dean Stockwell stars as the war orphan shunned by everyone in his small town...
Mar 1, 2011
Bracingly peculiar Full Review
May 27, 2015
[I]t proves a surprisingly tough little scrapper in practice....It's almost as though Losey was pre-emptively preparing his defense for the McCarthy hearings in celluloid form...
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 2011
Rating: 3/5 -- A peculiar mixing of bigot-buster and pacifist sensibilities, rendered largely incoherent on account of Howard Hughes' attempts to transform the piece into a pro-war tract. Strange that such a safe-as-milk picture could have caused many of its talents to
Fort Worth Business Press
Dec 8, 2004
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. Full Review
New Yorker
May 13, 2019

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Made in the hopeful post-World War II era that produced such classics of social conscience as Gentlemen's Agreement, Pinky and Home of the Brave, this provocative film is a fable for its time - and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America... until the day his hair turns green. Then the townfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand.

A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that "different" doesn't mean "threatening," The Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song ("Nature Boy") and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between).

Product Description:

Peter Frye, a war orphan whose parents have been killed in an air raid, wakes up one morning to find his hair has turned green. He meets with bitter prejudice and hatred from his fellow citizens, yet continues to express a belief that came to him in a vision: all wars must stop. An interesting parable and social commentary, with another fine performance by Stockwell as the alienated youth.


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