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Director:
Writers:
Edward Anhalt (screenplay) and
J.P. Miller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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HERE IS THE RAW TRUTH...NAILED TO THE SCREEN! See more »
Plot:
A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Burt Lancaster ... Hank Bell

Dina Merrill ... Karin Bell

Edward Andrews ... R. Daniel Cole
Vivian Nathan ... Mrs. Escalante

Shelley Winters ... Mary diPace
Larry Gates ... Randolph

Telly Savalas ... Detective Lt. Gunderson
Pilar Seurat ... Louisa Escalante
Jody Fair ... Angela Rugiello
Roberta Shore ... Jenny Bell
Milton Selzer ... Dr. Walsh
Robert Burton ... Judge
David J. Stewart ... Barton
Stanley Kristien ... Danny diPace
John Davis Chandler ... Arthur Reardon
Neil Nephew ... Anthony 'Batman' Aposto
Luis Arroyo ... Zorro
José Pérez ... Roberto Escalante (as Jose Perez)
Richard Velez ... Gargantua
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Adams ... Police Lt. Hardy (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Robert Biheller ... Turtleneck (uncredited)
Jon Carlo ... McNally (uncredited)

Leonardo Cimino ... Mr. Rugiello (uncredited)
Robert Cleaves ... Sullivan (uncredited)
Thom Conroy ... Mr. Abbeney (uncredited)
Linda Dangcil ... Maria Amora (uncredited)
John David ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Cole Supporter (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Doctor (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Whitey (uncredited)

Crane Jackson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Patton (uncredited)
Rafael López ... José (uncredited)
Paul Marco ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elaine Martone ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Androtti (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Norell ... Pierce (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Juror (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bill Quinn ... Police Capt. Larsen (uncredited)
Bill Raisch ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chris Robinson ... Pretty Boy Savarese (uncredited)
Mario Roccuzzo ... Diavolo (uncredited)
William Sargent ... Soames (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Reporter at Police Precinct (uncredited)
Irving Steinberg ... Police Officer Wohlman (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Lonnie (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Edward Anhalt (screenplay) and
J.P. Miller (screenplay) (as JP Miller)

Evan Hunter (novel "A Matter of Conviction")

Produced by
Pat Duggan .... producer
Harold Hecht .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Amram 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
 
Art Direction by
Burr Smidt 
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Angel (uncredited)
Roselle Novello (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (as Robert Schiffer)
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... executive production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Eldon Coutts .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Amram .... conductor
 
Other crew
Sydney Pollack .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | UK:12 (2009) | UK:X (1961) | West Germany:16 (f) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version)

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Trivia:
Burt Lancaster was forced by United Artists to make four films for $150,000 a picture in the 1960s: The Young Savages (1961), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Train (1964) and The Hallelujah Trail (1965) rather than his normal fee of $750,000, because of cost overruns at his production company, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, for which he was personally responsible.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Hank Bell goes to Zorro's apartment, when he walks down the narrow hallway the shadow of the hand-held camera is clearly visible on the front of Bell.See more »
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Referenced in Portraits chinois (1996)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
I was secretly glad that my name was Bell instead of Ballini, 9 August 2005
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

***SPOILERS*** 1961 motion picture loosely based on the notorious August 30,1959 Salvador Agron "Capeman killings" in New York City's Hells Kitchen. The movie has the racial backgrounds of victim and killer reversed which made the film a bit disingenuous to the movie going public back then in 1961, just two years after that terrible event. The killer Salvador Agron was Hispanic and his two teenage victims, Anthony Krezsinski and Robert Young, were white.

Three members of the white Manhattan street gang The Thunderbirds cross into Spanish Harlem on the turf of the local Puerto Rican gang The Horsemen and zero in on young and sensitive harmonica playing Roberto Escalante, Jose Perez,knifing him to death. Caught minutes after the killing are the three gang members Reardon Di Pace & Aposto, John David Chandler Stanley Kristien & Neil Nephew.

With the city D.A Daniel Cole, Edward Andrews, wanting a first degree murder conviction of the three teenage assailants, to give him a boost in the upcoming gubernatorial elections, he put's his best prosecutor on the case Asst. D.A Hank Bell, Burt Lancaster. With the three defendants claiming that they killed Roberto in self-defense their excuse falls apart like a house of cards when it's shown that he was totally blind and a threat to no one, much less themselves. It now starts to look like D.A Cole would get the first degree murder conviction that can send the three youths, all under 18, to the electric chair.

Bell who at first had no idea who the three defendants were soon realized that one of the accused killers, Danny Di Pace, is the son of a woman Mrs. Mary Di Pace ,Shelly Winters,that he was in love with years before he got married to his present wife Karin, Dina Merrill. This made prosecuting Danny very difficult and painful for him.

Slowly getting all the evidence in order and at the same time being attacked,far worse the his wife was earlier in the film, by gang members for doing his job Asst. D.A Bell finally gets to the bottom of the case. Bell finds out the real reason for Roberto's killing and it totally throws him off to what he's supposed to do in the case; get a verdict that would strap the three into the electric chair, regardless of their guilt or innocence, in order to further his boss' D.A Cole political career.

A bit ahead of it's time "The Young Savages" goes into the mental mindset of the three accused killers of blind Roberto Escalante and comes up with some startling conclusions; all three were not in full control of themselves or in what they did so a first degree murder conviction was unable to be reached by the jury. Not that they got off Scot-free for their actions and Roborto himself was anything but the innocent bystander that he was made out to be by his friends family and the liberal newspapers.

A cowardly bully with a deep inferiority complex who was the leader of the pack Arthur Reardon is given 20 to life. A mentally retarded and delusional Anthony "Batman" Aposto, who thinks that he's the Batman of comic book fame, ends up in an institution for the criminally insane until he's seen fit, by a battery of psychiatrists, to again become a member of society. It was Danny Di Pace who got off from getting heavy jail time, Danny got a year in Juvenile Hall, for just wanting to be a member of a street gang to have the family that he never knew but that involvement lead to Roberto Escalante losing his life.

Hank Bell threw away whatever future he had in the New York State D.A's office by looking at the facts and perusing Justice instead of letting the three gang member fry for the sake of his, and D.A Cole's, future in state or national politics.

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