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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 ... 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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"Don't be frightened Evvie..." See more »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,463
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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 »

Quotes

Traver: I'm just kinda jumpy, you know this Miller guy might not go for my being here and eating his food and smoking his cigarettes, but you're real cool. I mean like, I don't even frighten ya. How come?
Evalyn: You're just like old Jem. He owned the house before Miller came. He made me slingshots!
Traver: Slingshots? Well, I don't dig that kinda jazz, but I'd like to tell ya this, you gotta whole lot of soul to be so young.
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Connections

Referenced in Polyester (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Sinner Man
Sung by Leon Bibb
Arrangement . Milton Okun
As recorded by VANGUARD RECORDING SOCIETY
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Who needs priests anyway???
25 November 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Cela S'Appelle L'Aurore" (1955) :the priest ,in the luxury of the bourgeois house ,can do nothing for the poor proletarian who has lost house ,wife and job......

"La Mort En Ce Jardin"(1956) :in the first part,the priests sing "Alleluia" in their churches when the dictatorship kills outside.....Later the heroes lost in the jungle will light a fire ,with the pages of the Bible!

But It was "Nazarin"(1958) which must be considered Bunuel 's greatest achievement as far as this subject is concerned.The whole movie deals with the life and times of a priest ,at odds with his hierarchy ,who tries to live like a saint and who will only get a pineapple (sexual symbol) at the end of his pitiful adventure.

"The Young One" continued in that vein.Although the priest is absent in the first hour,it's him who finally invents right and wrong as a doctrinaire religion imposes them on (more or less) innocent characters. The scene when the girl wants to bury grandpa with a bottle whiskey has something of all the old ancient pagan religions.Isn't it better than a cross?

My favorite scene remains that of the baptism,the girl's so-called golden key.It's almost a comical scene as the priest washes the body in the water and takes away the young one's sin.

It' a golden key to a rotten world:the black man understood that a long time ago ,he does not expect anything anymore from the white justice: this is not the part of a black man you could see in Hollywoodian flicks in 1960,no Uncle Tom and no Sidney Poitier style either..

"The young one' is a good movie,but I would not rate it as high as "Viridiana" or "Nazarin" the two greatest Bunuel achievements of the 1955-1965 era.


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