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John Frankenheimer (The Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate) is one of the most innovative filmmakers of the twentieth century, whose groundbreaking techniques and definitive, cinematic style has rippled through the history of movies to leave an indelible mark. Renowned actor Burt Lancaster (The Sweet Smell Of Success, Elmer Gantry) can only be described as a screen legend, bringing to life some of the most unforgettable, realistic characters in motion pictures. Together Frankenheimer and Lancaster formed a creative partnership that managed to conceive some of the most important films of the sixties. The Young Savages was their first successful collaboration. New York's Harlem slum, Hell's Kitchen, is no place for a stranger. It's a desperate, decaying ghetto throbbing with gangland tension, where restless teenage rebels are willing to risk their life to protect their turf. But when members of the notorious Thunderbird gang venture into an opposing neighbourhood and stab to death a Puerto Rican boy, Assistant District Attorney Hank Bell (Lancaster) is determined to undercover the real motivation behind such a cold bloodied act.