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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.

Director:

Luis Buñuel
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Estela Inda ... La madre de Pedro
Miguel Inclán ... Don Carmelo, el ciego
Alfonso Mejía Alfonso Mejía ... Pedro
Roberto Cobo ... El Jaibo
Alma Delia Fuentes ... Meche
Francisco Jambrina ... El director de la escuela granja
Jesús García Jesús García ... El padre de Julián (as Jesús García Navarro)
Efraín Arauz Efraín Arauz ... Cacarizo
Sergio Virel Sergio Virel ... Miembro pandilla (as Sergio Villarreal)
Jorge Pérez Jorge Pérez ... Pelón
Javier Amézcua Javier Amézcua ... Julián
Mário Ramírez Mário Ramírez ... Ojitos
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Storyline

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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The First Prize Winner "Best Directed Film 1951 Cannes International Film Festival" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Olvidados See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,613
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ultramar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Recently a ninth roll of the movie was found after decades of thinking that the movie only had eight. The ninth roll includes an alternative "happy" ending, and is included in a new DVD released in Mexico with a book about the movie. See more »

Quotes

Don Carmelo, el ciego: I hope they'll kill every one of them before they born!
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: In the director's cut, Pedro is stabbed to death by Jaibo, and Meche and her grandfather dump his body outside the town. The blind man denounces Jaibo to the police, who shoot Jaibo when fleeing arrest. Pedro's mother is left alone alone, in despair. A shorter "happy" ending, never used by the director, was filmed probably to accommodate censorship authorities or the sensibilities of the distributors: Jaibo dies in an accidental fall when he's fighting Pedro, who retrieves the stolen banknote from him. Pedro has a short conversation with Ojitos, and then returns to the reformatory farm-school (to a loud musical crescendo). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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An extremely cruel response to the sentimental social comment of Neo-realism…
14 March 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Atheist, Marxist, Freudian, Surrealist, anarchist, fetishist, satirist, or Spaniard, Luis Buñuel was all these or more… One of the greatest of all filmmakers, Buñuel expressed an extraordinary personal vision of the world through an exceptional self-effacing special taste, creating a body of work unequaled in its abundance of meaning and its power by any other…

In 1946, Buñuel moved to Mexico where, between more conventional assignments, he summed up his creativity with a vengeance… His first masterpiece of this prolific period, "The Young and the Damned" was a masterpiece of social surrealism and the founding work of third world barrio repulsion…

Portraying the distress of delinquents in MexicoCity's streets, he admitted the effects of shockingly cruel environment but declined to glamorize his victim-heroes: the gang torments a blind beggar who is himself a skillful paedophile, while a Freudian dream the most 'innocent' boy fights a friend for his mother' s sexual favors…

The film is powerful enough to make a one firm man weep or encourage a true-believer to lose hope… Once seen, its disturbing images can never be forgotten…


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