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21 June 1973 (France) See more »
An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lewis J. Stadlen ... Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Anne Francine ... Carlotta, a Hostess

Thayer David ... Otto Nurder, a Capitalist

Susan Blakely ... Cecily, a Debutante
Russ Thacker ... Andrew, an Eligible Young Man

Salome Jens ... Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
Margaret Brewster ... Lady Cora
Neil Fitzgerald ... Sir Harry
Eva Saleh ... Zia, the Child
Ultra Violet ... Iliona, a Decadent

Asha Puthli ... Asha, The Forest Girl

Martin Kove ... Archie, a Bully
Kathleen Widdoes ... Leslie

Christopher Pennock ... Hester

Sam Waterston ... James, the Limping Man
Paulita Sedgwick ... Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lilly Lessing ... Narrator
Claus Jurgen ... Narrator

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Swift Trow) &
Michael O'Donoghue (screenplay)

James Ivory (based on an idea by)

Produced by
Anthony Korner .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Joseph Saleh .... executive producer (as Joseph J.M. Saleh)
Original Music by
Joe Raposo 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
Film Editing by
Kent McKinney 
Production Design by
Jack Wright III  (as Jack Wright)
Costume Design by
Joan Hanfling 
Susan Schlossman 
Makeup Department
Martin Downey .... hair stylist
Gloria Natale .... makeup artist
Bernice O'Reilly .... wigs
Emanuel Olivericia .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Jean-Luc Botbol .... production manager
Art Department
George Jenson .... table settings (as George Jensen)
Charles White III .... illustrator (as Charles White 3rd)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound
Jack Cooley .... re-recording engineer
John Flyn .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffery Bolger .... assistant camera
Robert Kenner .... assistant camera
Rick Raphael .... electrician
Dustin Smith .... electrician
Bob Vee .... chief electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janice Moore .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mary Brown .... assistant editor
Robin Schwartz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Don Ashworth .... musician: woodwinds
Bob Cranshaw .... musician: bass
Danny Epstein .... musician: percussion
Wally Kane .... musician: woodwinds
Jim Mitchell .... musician: giitar and banjo
David Nadien .... musician: solo violin
Joe Raposo .... musician: piano
Ed Shaughnessy .... musician: percussion
Alan Studman .... musician: solo cello
Other crew
Patricia Birch .... choreographer: sequence "Steppin' on the Spaniel"
Frank DiBari .... assistant to producer
Michael Doret .... title designer
Howard Goodman .... assistant to producer
S. Ruth Gringas .... assistant to producer
Jeffrey Jacobs .... assistant to director
Janet Kern .... continuity
Alice Marsh .... assistant to executive producer
Roger Moorey .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarni .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarri .... assistant to producer
Serge Nivelle .... assistant to director
Edward E. Robbins .... assistant title designer
Jessica Saleh .... assistant to producer
Nathaniel Tripp .... assistant to director
Stephen Varble .... assistant to director
Charles White III .... title designer (as Charles White 3rd)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:106 min
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The name of the forest dwelling primitive tribe was "The Mud People".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Stomping on a Spaniel, 22 September 2011
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

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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