The Young One (1960)




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In this drama, adapted from Peter Matthiessen's story Travelin' Man, a black jazz musician is on the run after being falsely accused of raping a white woman. He settles in a small island community where he finds work as a handyman, only to be accused again of a rape.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Producciones Olmeca


Zachary Scott
as Miller
Kay Meersman
as Evalyn
Claudio Brook
as Rev. Fleetwood
Graham Denton
as Jackson

Critic Reviews for The Young One

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

[The film] is full of poetic asides and unexpected developments, revealing Bunuel's dark, philosophical wit at its most personal.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No other Buñuel picture boasts a more tangible, zestful feel for nature

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

A rarely seen provocative racially and Lolita-like themed drama.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It gets under the skin of these characters, but offers little relief.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Zachary Scott and Bernie Hamilton star as deadly adversaries on an island hell in Luis Bunuel's The Young One, a rarely shown English-language gem about racism and pedophilia.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006

Poets have said that eyes are the windows to the soul, but Luis Buñuel believed that our legs and feet revealed more about us than any other parts of our bodies.

Full Review… | November 8, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Young One

Zachary Scott and Bernie Hamilton give great performances in this beautifully authentic look at the pre-Civil Rights South. The film never rings a false note in telling this raw story of sexual tension and racial hatred.

George Picardi
George Picardi

Bunuel in English! Wish the film was better. Bunuel's hallmarks are not all that visible beyond a taboo pedophilia element, and neither that nor the racism theme are treated with any notable degree of insight. Furthermore, Bernie Hamilton's jazzy character is saddled with some "I don't dig you cats"-like lingo which comes off rather stale and dated. I haven't seen every Bunuel film (yet?), but I suspect this is the only one which might remind anyone of Russ Meyer!

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


An English-language film by Bunuel, much better than his Robinson Crusoe. The explorations of innocence and racial issues and corruption were very compelling, and there were a number of Bunuel touches to keep things lively. However, the theme of redemption rang hollow. Not that the movie necessarily needed to end on a dark note, it just could have been handled more convincingly.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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