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The Young Savages (24-May-1961)

Director: John Frankenheimer

Writers: Edward Anhalt; J. P. Miller

From novel: A Matter of Conviction by Evan Hunter

Music Composed and Conducted by: David Amram

Producer: Pat Duggan

Keywords: Crime

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edward Andrews
9-Oct-1914 8-Mar-1985 Sixteen Candles
Burt Lancaster
2-Nov-1913 20-Oct-1994 Elmer Gantry
Dina Merrill
9-Dec-1925 22-May-2017 EF Hutton heiress and actress
Telly Savalas
22-Jan-1922 22-Jan-1994 Kojak
Shelley Winters
18-Aug-1920 14-Jan-2006 Method actress and camp queen


Burt Lancaster   ...   Hank Bell
Dina Merrill   ...   Karin Bell
Edward Andrews   ...   Dan Cole
Vivian Nathan   ...   Mrs. Escalante
Shelley Winters   ...   Mary diPace
Larry Gates   ...   Randolph
Telly Savalas   ...   Lt. Richard Gunnison
Pilar Seurat   ...   Louisa Escalante
Jody Fair   ...   Angela Rugiello
Roberta Shore   ...   Jenny Bell
Milton Selzer   ...   Walsh
Robert Burton   ...   Judge
David J. Stewart   ...   Barton
Also featuring The Thunderbirds
Stanley Kristien   ...   Danny diPace
John Davis Chandler   ...   Arthur Reardon
Neil Nephew   ...   Anthony Aposto
and The Horsemen
Luis Arroyo   ...   Zorro
Jose Perez   ...   Roberto Escalante
Richard Velez   ...   Gargantua


Review by john frankenheimer - directer (posted on 23-Mar-2008)

It still stands as a hard hitting reminder of the realities of standing up for right when the odds are against you. As a prosecutor Mr. Bell (Burt Lancaster) must find out the truth behind a brutal street gang killing when everything that seems so cut and dry really isn't. With Bell's involvment in the case, he is drawn into the center of it all, from the mayer of New York City to his own wife to his old high school girlfriend whose son is a member of one of the warring gangs, Bell must find out who is truly guilty and is reminded of his own racial backround as well as his old neighberhood. The film is a grim reminder of a time when many urban neighborhoods had just as many gangs if not more than today and is a microcosim of many slum areas, although it's dated, it is still current.

Review by Jim from England (posted on 26-May-2009)

This is a great film about juvenile delinquents and teenage gang warfare. There hasn't been a film about teen gangs to better it. Set in East Harlem New York, the story evolves around two gangs, the Thunderbirds (Italian) and the Horsemen (Puerto Rican) both fighting to keep hold of their turf. The opening scene is chilling with three of the Thunderbirds invading Horsemen territory to commit murder. There are great performances in this film especially from the character actors who played gang members.

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