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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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Tagline:
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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103 min
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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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Burt Goes Home, 13 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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 officials.

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 one too.

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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