The Young Savages

Synopsis: A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. He begins to discover that the facts in the case aren't exactly as they seem to be.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

- Bravo, Roberto, bravo.

- Louisa!

What did the guy look like?

How do you expect us to help you

if you don't know what the guy looks like?

- Hi, Lieutenant.

- Hello, Sergeant. Where are the boys?

- Oh, we have them set up for you inside.

- Come on.

When are we gonna get to

take a few shots, Lieutenant?

Yeah, when can we see them?

Now, fellows, we'll be through with this

as soon as we possibly can.

Oh, come on...

This is Hank Bell.

He'll handle the preliminary.

Captain Larsen.

- Captain.

- You know Whitey.


- Sit over there.

- Go ahead, sit down.

Okay, Whitey, preliminary interrogation.

For the D.A.'s office,

Assistant District Attorney Bell,

and detective Lieutenant Gunderson.

- Witnesses, Captain Larsen. Officer?

- Wohlman.

Officer Wohlman.

Suspects, three members of a

street gang known as the Thunderbirds.


Arthur Reardon, Anthony Aposto and

Daniel D-I-P-A-C-E. Di Pace.

Which one of you is Di Pace?

- Your name Di Pace?

- David Copperfield.

All right, do you want me to bounce you

around the room?

- Hey, he ain't writing that.

He's Di Pace.

- Your father John Di Pace?

- I ain't got no father.

Your mother's named Mary?

So what the hell does my mother

got to do with it?

Nothing, kid.

- How old are you, Danny?

- I'm 15.

You can't hold me in this police station.

You can't even question me. I'm a juvenile.

You're a juvenile up to 16 unless

you kill somebody and you did.

- He stopped again.

- All right, shut up.


The law says you can execute

a 15-year-old for murder.

But it also says you can't question

him in a police station...

Now look, I'm tired of

having to coddle these punks

because they're 15 instead of 16.

You don't have to tell me about these kids.

I was born in this neighborhood.

I went to school with some of

the worst gunsels in town.

A good swift kick would do more

to straighten out these punks

- than anything...

- Gunderson.

We're not out to kick kids this time,

we're out for first degree murder.

Putting a juvenile in the chair

is always big trouble.

Whoever prosecutes this case will need

a clear record the defense can't attack.

No technicalities getting in the way,

like interrogating a juvenile

in the police station, right?


Let's find out the ages of the other two,

and then we'll separate the baby killers

from the adult killers.

- Okay, Whitey. You, name and age?

- Arthur Reardon, 17.

- Batman.

- What's your name?

- Anthony Aposto.

- How old are you?


- Their homes been called, Captain?

- Strictly according to the book, Counselor.

Mrs. Di Pace and Reardon's old man

are outside now.

Take him out to see his mother.

So you're a big shot, now.

You didn't find them knives on us.

Found a lot of holes in the body,

we'll find the knives.

The spic started it. He pulled a knife.

So now, he's dead like he should be.

Why do you figure he pulled a knife?

- We was on his turf.

- He's on your turf, you pull a knife?

We ain't no dirty spics.

We're Thunderbirds.

Do you know the name

of the boy you killed?

No, we never seen him before.

His name was Roberto Escalante.

He was 15 years old.


Now, let me get this straight.

You went for a walk on his street,

he saw you.

- He came at you with a knife, right?

Yeah, that's right.

He must've been pretty good with a knife?

He was crazy.

In fact, he must have been better with

a knife than anybody in the whole world,

because Roberto Escalante was blind.

So, in view of Tolly's switch to guilty,

I think I'll be free

to take over that teenage killing case,

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Edward Anhalt

Edward Anhalt (March 28, 1914 in New York City – September 3, 2000 in Pacific Palisades, California) was a noted screenwriter, producer, and documentary film-maker. After working as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for Pathé and CBS-TV he teamed with his wife Edna Anhalt during World War II to write pulp fiction. (Edna was one of his five wives.) more…

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