The Savage Innocents” is largely unknown in the UK, which is odd considering its credentials and place in pop culture. Directed by Nicolas Ray (of “Rebel Without a Cause” fame), starring Anthony Quinn and Peter O’Toole in a breakthrough role – the film should be better known on these names alone. If that wasn’t enough, Bob Dylan wrote “The Mighty Quinn” in tribute of this film (made famous by Manfred Mann). The film is no masterpiece, and at times is actually pretty hammy and cliché, but its an entertaining film with a message that is innocent and pure – to be tolerant of cultural differences and perceived “savagery”. Worth watching if like me you are a fan of Anthony Quinn – just don’t expect a performance like “La Strada“.

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