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Rating: 7.5 stars


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Seen on: 06/08/2012

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The Young Savages (1961)

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Crime | Drama

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A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.

Rated NR | Length 103 minutes


Larry Gates | Vivian Nathan | Shelley Winters | Telly Savalas | Burt Lancaster | Edward Andrews | Robert Burton | John Davis Chandler | Neil Nephew | Dina Merrill | Milton Selzer | José Pérez | David J. Stewart | Pilar Seurat | Roberta Shore | Luis Arroyo | Jody Fair | Stanley Kristien | Richard Velez

Viewing Notes

One of only two Frankenheimer films on Netflix Watch Instantly, sadly, and one I hadn’t seen. I’m a big fan of Burt Lancaster, who does a great job here, as usual.

Savages is, for its time, a pretty humanist movie, dealing with the death penalty and the idea of one’s environment being a contributing factor to the committing of a crime and what constitutes proper punishment.

The opening scene, which tracks a trio of white youths through the streets of New York City as they home in on their target, is a wonderful piece of photography and editing. It’s worth watching for that reason alone, but the rest of the movie is also well done.


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