Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  120 minutes
Date:  1982
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Interactive transcript available
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High school seniors hurtling toward maturity experience joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency.


In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.

'One of the best and most scarifying reports on American life to be seen... it has the characters and language - as well as the vitality and honesty... haunts the memory.'-New York Times

'Truly scandalous.'-J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

'[SEVENTEEN has] a rare and gripping sense of gritty honesty.'-Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle

'SEVENTEEN is more frightening than 'The Day After' '-The Atlanta Constitution


** Winner Grand Jury Prize Documentary, 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Main credits

Davis, Peter (film producer)
Kreines, Jeff (film director)
Kreines, Jeff (film producer)
Kreines, Jeff (cinematographer)
Kreines, Jeff (film editor)
DeMott, Joel (film director)
DeMott, Joel (film producer)
DeMott, Joel (cinematographer)
DeMott, Joel (film editor)

Distributor credits

Peter Davis

Peter Davis
Directed by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Family Issues
United States
Youth Issues
The Industrial Heartland

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Family Relations
North America
Youth Issues


Middletown; Muncie; Indiana; Southside High School; "Seventeen"; Icarus Films; high school;

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