An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism.

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Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Anne Francine ...
Carlotta, a Hostess
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Otto Nurder, a Capitalist
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Cecily, a Debutante
Russ Thacker ...
Andrew, an Eligible Young Man
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Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
Margaret Brewster ...
Lady Cora
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Sir Harry
Eva Saleh ...
Zia, the Child
Ultra Violet ...
Iliona, a Decadent
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Asha, The Forest Girl
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Archie, a Bully
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Leslie
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Hester
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James, the Limping Man
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A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods. Written by Frank Eggleston

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21 June 1973 (France)  »

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Sauvages  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Debut produced screenplay of writer George W.S. Trow who was billed as George Swift Trow. See more »

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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

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Savages
Sung by Bobby Short
Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by George W.S. Trow (as George Swift Trow) and Michael O'Donoghue
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Stomping on a Spaniel
22 September 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After a cringing song, we are introduced to "The Mud People" getting high on some foliage. This is our cast of characters, in black-and-white, and more unrecognizable than their names in the opening credits. They wander semi-nude in a collection of mop heads, jock straps, and animal gear. Some wear head masks resembling bags and buckets - the style made famous by "The Unknown Comic". From somewhere (possibly the future), a croquet ball interrupts their rituals. Croquet is the game of polite society, you know. The croquet ball eventually leads the cast to an abandoned mansion, where they assumed the identities of displaced inhabitants gathering for a dinner party. The switch from primitive to civilized brings color and conversation to the tribe...

This is an obvious allegorical story. It would qualify as awful if it weren't so artfully made, overall, by "Merchant Ivory Productions"...

Our charming hostess Anne Francine (as Carlotta) presides over an adept New York stage-dominated cast. These include two from the recently disbanded "Dark Shadows" company, Thayer David is blonde buzzed capitalist "Otto Nurder" while amorous transvestite "Hester" is played by Christopher Pennock; both actors had been in Tarrytown (one of the film's locations) to film "Night of Dark Shadows" (1971). Most familiar in the cast are probably limping man Sam Waterston and model-turning-actress Susan Blakely. Everything can be described in one of the film's title cards: "Tribal elders are often distinguished by pebbles embedded in their teeth although such is not the case here." Quickly as you flee, snatch this pebble from my teeth...

***** Savages (5/8/72) James Ivory ~ Anne Francine, Thayer David, Christopher Pennock, Sam Waterston


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