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The Young One (1960)

A jazz musician seeks refuge from a lynch mob on a remote island, where he meets a hostile game warden and the young object of his attentions.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Peter Matthiessen (story "Travellin' Man"), Hugo Butler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Zachary Scott ... Miller
Bernie Hamilton ... Traver
Key Meersman Key Meersman ... Evalyn
Crahan Denton ... Jackson
Claudio Brook ... Rev. Fleetwood
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Storyline

Game warden Miller lives on an isolated island off the Carolina coast. The only other inhabitant is Evvie, an naive young girl to whom Miller is attracted. Traver, a black musician on the run from a lynch mob after falsely being accused of rape, lands on the island. Miller wants to turn him in and remove him from the tryst, but Evvie likes Traver and protects him. A preacher arrives from the mainland to rescue Evvie from her situation, and Traver's presence is discovered. Miller is now forced to decide whether to turn him over to the mob and lose standing in the girl's eyes. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young One See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Producciones Olmeca See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a short story Travelin' Man by American author Peter Matthiessen. See more »

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Referenced in Polyester (1981) See more »

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Sinner Man
Sung by Leon Bibb
Arrangement . Milton Okun
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A compelling Bunuel film on racism and child abuse.
15 May 2015 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

A black man on the run from being accused of rape washes up on an island occupied by some strange Bunuel characters.

Bunuel had taken to being controversial in more subtle ways at this time. Here the strangeness does not involve people's eyes being sliced open (Un Chien Andalou) or toes licked (L'Age d'Or) but in the fact that the island's natives are a middle-aged man and a 13-year old girl (or so, her age isn't given) he has some creepy intentions towards.

There is at times a salaciousness to Bunuel's gaze, in the shots of the girl's thighs, or one where she adjusts a towel around her chest. Hopefully this experience didn't have anything to do with the young girl deciding not to become an actress.

The film can be quite confronting: about child abuse, bitter truths about racism. In 1960, the civil rights movement was just about to take off, and race relations were in a bad place in America, so Bunuel's film must have been quite powerful at the time. In 2015 it no longer feels revolutionary in terms of its take on race relations, but its depiction of child abuse is still shocking. It feels like one of Bunuel's more focused films, telling a simple story with vivid characters and a powerful message.


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