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||IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 from 1,289 votes
||Release: 24 May 1961 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
||Director: John Frankenheimer,
||Stars: Burt Lancaster, David J. Stewart, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Jody Fair, John Davis Chandler, Larry Gates, Milton Selzer, Pilar Seurat, Robert Burton, Roberta Shore, Shelley Winters, Stanley Kristien, Telly Savalas, Vivian Nathan
||Synopsis: A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. He begins to discover that the facts in the case aren't exactly as they seem to be. Written by Anonymous
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For The Young Savages Burt Lancaster went back to his roots. The actor
was born and raised in the East Harlem section of Manhattan. At that
time it had not become a Latino neighborhood, it was predominantly
Italian where he grew up. To this day there are still a few Italian
families in the area in and around Pleasant Avenue and neighboring
streets. His had to be the only WASP family in the area at the time.
In 1961 just as you see in West Side Story the neighborhood was divided
with racial and ethnic tensions. But these kids don't sing and dance
between rumbles. They are a hard bitten bunch of punks on both sides.
In fact that's where our story begins as three Italian kids leave their
turf and go and stab a blind Hispanic youth. It's a crime that shocks
the city. Ambitious District Attorney Edward Andrews sees this as a
case when successfully prosecuted could make him governor. He relies on
one of his best men, ADA Burt Lancaster to bring home a victory and a
trip to old Sparky as they called the electric chair in Sing Sing.
Of course there's a lot more to the case than meets the eye both in the
crime and in Lancaster's conflicted loyalties. He's happily married to
pretty Dina Merrill from the suburbs. She's what you call a limousine
liberal, one who's ideas are shaped by books instead of living the
poverty she's studied in school about.
I've met many like that and it really is true many conservatives are
liberals who've been mugged. When one of the gangs gives her a bad
experience, she sings a different tune.
But where The Young Savages falls apart for me is the fact that
Lancaster was once involved with Shelley Winters, the mother of one of
the three defendants. I'm sorry, but right then and there Lancaster in
real life would have recused himself from this case. Of course Winters
appeals to him for old time's sake and Lancaster starts doing his own
investigation and prods the police to do more on their end.
In the film also Lancaster is from that neighborhood. His character's
family name of Bell was once Bellini. Many families with ethnic names
of all types anglicized them or had them anglicized by immigration
The film which according to a recent biography of Burt Lancaster was
shot in 35 days on location in New York City. It was a project
Lancaster did while waiting to do Birdman of Alcatraz. The Young
Savages is notable for being Telly Savalas's big screen debut and for
Lancaster using TV director John Frankenheimer on his first big
assignment. Purportedly Lancaster was pretty rough on Frankenheimer,
but in the end he impressed the star so that he did four more films
with him including Birdman of Alcatraz. And Telly Savalas was in that
Though the film is based on one horribly bad premise, the acting and
directing are not bad. I had the same criticism of 12 Angry Men in
which another young talented director, Sidney Lumet got his first
break. The Young Savages remains a graphic look at a seamier side of
New York City during the Kennedy years.
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, David J. Stewart
, Dina Merrill
, Edward Andrews
, Jody Fair
, John Davis Chandler
, Larry Gates
, Milton Selzer
, Pilar Seurat
, Robert Burton
, Roberta Shore
, Shelley Winters
, Stanley Kristien
, Telly Savalas
, Vivian Nathan
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