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The Young Animals (1968)

Approved | | Drama | October 1968 (USA)
A Mexican-American student organization pushing for dismissal of a bigoted coach finds itself at war with the wealthy white students.


Maury Dexter




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Nardini ... Tony
Patty McCormack ... Janet
Joanna Frank ... Raquel
David Macklin ... Bruce
Zooey Hall Zooey Hall ... Paco
Russ Bender ... Coach Simms
Arthur Peterson ... Principal Wilson
Keith Taylor ... Din-Din
Sammy Vaughn Sammy Vaughn ... Emmet
Michael Wood Michael Wood ... Jerry
A Martinez ... Johnny (as Adolph Martinez)
Alberto Isaac Alberto Isaac ... Ramon
Roger Galloway ... Rudy
Johnny Leon Johnny Leon ... Pepe
Raúl Morales Raúl Morales ... Luis


A Mexican-American student organization pushing for dismissal of a bigoted coach finds itself at war with the wealthy white students.

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Although there is some speculation as to whether or not Cher was an uncredited extra in this film, it is a fact that at the time it was being filmed in Tucson in 1968, she was indeed in Arizona, filming the movie Chastity (1969). See more »


In the car chase in the parking garage the headlights on the cars keep getting rewired. As wired at the factory, all four lights are on when the high-beams are one. During the filming they sometimes use the high-beams but with only the inner high-beams connected. Other times they just have the low beams on. Other times all four lights are on. It's hard to imagine that anyone driving while chasing someone would be stopping to rewire the headlights. One presumes it was done in an attempt to satisfy someone's idea of how best to highlight the cars during the chase. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Harley Hatcher
Performed by The American Revolution
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Misleading Advertising-Decent Movie.
6 July 2012 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

Although American International Pictures (the drive-in specialists who put the ''ex'' in ''Exploitation) promoted this film in their usual, lurid way, (''They Run In Packs, And What They Do Makes Headlines!'') , it's actually a good, if simplistic look at White vs. Mexicans in a California High School. Tom Nardini (''Cat Ballou'') is the new Latino kid on the block who tries, peacefully, to combat the prejudice faced by the Mexican students, from both the white kids as well as some of the faculty. When he becomes involved with a sympathetic ''Gringo'' girl, (Patty McCormack), her bigoted ex-boyfriend (David Macklin) and his gang vow revenge. And revenge he gets, in some pretty tense scenes which are uncomfortable to watch, even today. As a hot-headed student at odds with Nardini's approach to their problems, Zooey Hall is impressive. His girlfriend is played by the lovely Joanna Frank (''The Savage Seven'') and though her part is relatively small, she is just as effective. In fact, all of the acting is convincing here,( including an early appearance by a young A Martinez) and if the resolution seems a bit far-fetched, the film's heart is in the right place. At the last minute, the title was switched to ''Born Wild'', which really doesn't do it justice either, but, under any name, it's a good example of a ''Teen Flick'' with an actual message, something most were lacking. The photography, by Ken Peach is excellent, belying the film's low budget. The editing is jumpy in places, but nothing seems to have been removed which would spoil the continuity. (It's noticeable mostly in the abbreviated performances of the two rock bands ''The American Revolution'' and ''Orphan Egg'', both of whom were under contract to AIP at the time). Good Les Baxter score, too. It's worth seeing at least once.

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October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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