The Young Savages (1961)

The Young Savages


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The Young Savages is what used to be called a "thinking man's picture" about a potentially lurid subject: urban juvenile delinquency. A blind Puerto Rican boy is knifed to death in Spanish Harlem, and three teenage gang members are accused of the crime. Politically ambitious assistant DA Burt Lancaster initially presses for the conviction of all three boys. But as he gets deeper into the case, he realizes that what appears cut-and-dried on the surface is tortuously complex: for starters, the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Anhalt, J.P. Miller
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2014


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as Mary diPace

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as Mrs. Escalante

as Randolph

as Louisa Escalante

as Angela Rugiello

as Jenny Bell

as Danny di Pace

as Arthur Reardon

as Anthony Aposto

as Roberto Escalante

as Gargantua

as Pretty Boy

as Lt. Hardy

as Capt. Larsen

as Maria Amora

as McNally

as Turtleneck

as Mrs. Patton

as Mr. Abbeney

as Lonnie

as Officer Wohlman

as Whitey

as Clerk of the Court
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Critic Reviews for The Young Savages

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

quaint to the point of incoherence and inconsequence

Full Review… | March 24, 2009
Film Freak Central

It's a West Side Story without the romance and music.

Full Review… | January 2, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 14, 2005

Full Review… | November 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Young Savages

Hollywood depiction of juvenile delinquency in the tradition of Blackboard Jungle and West Side Story. Dramatic and entertaining but decidedly unrealistic.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Solid drama of racial tension and prejudice well directed by Frankenheimer and acted with feeling by the cast. Lancaster is earnest but he is put somewhat in the shade by Shelley Winters in a strong supporting performance full of sad resignation and vulnerablity, when she was on her game as she is here and reigned in her inner ham they were very few actresses as good at presenting the human condition. Edward Andrews is very good as usual in a small part as an ambitious politico, another underrated and unfortunately obscure actor who was always good whether in drama or comedy. As a study on the effects of poverty on people it is sadly still a timely story.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Frankenhiemers' early film, The Young Savages, is a film I found underrated. The film opens with a gang, that look like they're straight out of West Side Story, attacking a young blind boy. A conservative prosecutor is assigned to the case, who has a closer connection than what meets the eye. What I found fascinating about this film, which was released in 1961, is how out dated it was. How is this a good thing? The film brought me back into the world of the 1960s, the traditionalism, the things that would be brushed off now were scandals in this town. I'm not a golden age person, but I did feel that I went into a time machine. The film doesn't only focus on the case, but the racial tensions surrounding it. Burt Lancaster stars in this film, and had a solid performances. The savages depicted weren't great actors, but they passed. The film did have scenes that I felt were dispensable , like the train and elevator scenes, which don't contribute to the story. I was hooked on the story line though, and despite the cheesiness, I was paying full attention to the faith of the boys.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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