German title: Die Vierzehn Francaise title: Le 14 Russian title: Четырнадцать Original title: The 14
Alternative titles: The Fourteen | The Wild Little Bunch | Existence
Family drama – United Kingdom Production year: 1972 Movie length: 102 minutes
Director: David Hemmings Writer: Roland Starke Cinematograph: Ousama Rawi Music: Kenny Clayton
Following the death of his mother, seventeen year old Reg struggles to hold his family of twelve brothers and one sister together. The latter and the two littlest boys are quickly placed into foster care, but Reg certainly has his hands full trying to make and maintain a home for the rest of them.
Funny, sad and memorable. A true story which ended up impacting Britain’s child welfare system.
A British tear-jerker that tells the sad tale of a large family of 14 kids who suddenly become or-phans and must face eventual separation. While the children battle against the overzealous social workers who want to ship them into reform schools and foster homes, they are cared for by the oldest brother and his girlfriend who serve as surrogate parents. The brothers and sisters eventually realize that the best and safest thing to do is split up, with the family members going their separate ways.
David Hemmings directed his second film with »The Fourteen«, and it’s a fine, well-balanced movie that manages to tug at the heartstrings without wallowing in overly sentimental mawkishness.