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The Young and the Damned (1950)

Los olvidados (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1952 (USA)
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
... La madre de Pedro
... Don Carmelo, el ciego
Alfonso Mejía ... Pedro
... El Jaibo
... Meche
... El director de la escuela granja
Jesús García ... El padre de Julián (as Jesús García Navarro)
Efraín Arauz ... Cacarizo
Sergio Virel ... Miembro pandilla (as Sergio Villarreal)
Jorge Pérez ... Pelón
Javier Amézcua ... Julián
Mário Ramírez ... Ojitos
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Hell-bent on revenge, the cocky reform-school runaway, El Jaibo, returns to his old neighbourhood in post-World-War-II Mexico City's poor and squalid slums, to reunite with his faithful gang of juvenile delinquents and street urchins. However, as the dangerous ringleader lives and breathes retribution, his destructive obsession to find the informant who supposedly sent him to jail will intricately interweave his bitter fate with that of Pedro, his weak and unwitting accessory, in a despicable act of pure evil. In the end, are humans inherently good or bad--and above all--is immorality contingent with society? Written by Nick Riganas

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Don Carmelo, el ciego: I hope they'll kill every one of them before they born!
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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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one of the all time greats
8 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this at the local art house theatre and I realized that I've never seen a decent print of this masterpiece which ranks alongside Citizen Kane and the Bicycle Thieves as the greatest film ever made. What a shame? I'm waiting for Criterion or somebody to restore it and give it the respect it so rightfully deserves.

However, watching butchered, scratched prints with a muddy soundtrack has given the film a charm and personality. It's as dirty and grungy as the story it is telling.

This film is perfect. It's the closest thing to artistic TRUTH that I've seen. And yes the characters are rotten but they break your heart. Just when you think Jaibo is one of the screens greatest villains, he tells a story about being abandened as a child, and seeing the beautiful face of a woman who looked like a saint who may or may not have been his mother. Powerful stuff. Never have I seen a more relentless and brutal film. It never shys away from the truth and try to sugar coat it. All the kids are complex. They're neither innocents or devils. The story of troubled youth and urban violence have been told countless of times, but this is the real deal and the measuring stick for all.


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