The Young Savages is a 1961 crime drama. John Frankenheimer directed and Burt Lancaster stars in the movie. Shelly Winters and Telly Savalas appear in the supporting cast. Some critics praised the movie as a thoughtful and original treatment of the crime drama genre. Lancaster plays assistant district attorney Hank Bell. He has to prosecute members of a local street gang called the Thunderbirds. Three of the members killed a rival member of another gang in a knife attack. Shelly Winters plays Mary diPace. She is a mother of one of the Thunderbird members involved in the murder, She is also Bell's ex-girlfriend.