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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)

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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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:
When Burt Lancaster walked onto the set the first day of shooting, he was startled and dismayed to see the camera on the floor, aiming upward. Lancaster had never before worked with a director who used such innovative camera angles. He grew to trust Frankenhiemer, and they made four more films together.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: After Hank Bell is attacked by the gang in the subway car, the next shot opens with the doctor in the emergency room examining a chest x-ray that is obviously reversed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Portraits chinois (1996)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
west side angst, 20 April 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Post-World War II, there was a rise in juvenile delinquency, and this was mirrored in films such as "Blackboard Jungle," "Rebel without a Cause," "High School Confidential," and "Knock on Any Door." Antiheroes like James Dean and Marlon Brando became popular, and sexual threats like Elvis Presley invaded music. To adults, the kids were out of control.

"The Young Savages" from 1961 is another film looking at the rise in delinquency, this one starring Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Dina Merrill, and Telly Savalas (in his film debut). Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film is an attempt to get at the psychological reasons behind the murder of a Puerto Rican boy in Harlem.

Lancaster plays DA Hank Bell aka Bellini before his father changed it. He grew up in the neighborhood depicted. Now there is an ethnic division, the Italians versus the Puerto Ricans, with gang activity on both sides - West Side Story sans music.

Hank Bell is to prosecute the juveniles accused of the stabbing, and one of them is the son of a woman (Winters) whom he once dated. She tells him her son could not have been involved in any murder and begs him to look into it. In real life I think he would have had to give the case to someone else, but here, he tries to find out what really happened. Along the way, he learns some things about himself.

Like "Knock on Any Door," "The Young Savages" endeavors to show what's behind the tragedy. Merrill is Karin, Hank's suburban life, with the liberal philosophy of one who doesn't actually deal with juveniles. She's a far cry from Hank's old girlfriend from the neighborhood - Hank has reinvented himself and has a debutante type for a wife. Partly from guilt, partly from "there but for the grace of God," Hank throws himself into the case, endeavoring to see both sides, to the complete annoyance of his superiors.

Good movie with an intense performance by Lancaster. The film is notable also for being Telly Savalas' first film, playing a police detective with shades of Kojak. The juveniles - Stanley Kristien, Neil Nephew, Luis Arroyo, Jose Perez, and Richard Velez, are all excellent.

Though somewhat derivative, this is a good film -- Burt Lancaster's production company was associated with quality films, and this is one of them.

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